THE CONGRESS: Drive for Adjournment

"We have dawdled along month after month with no bills on the calendar," said Pennsylvania's Joe Clark to a well-filled Senate Chamber. "Now we find ourselves in a hectic position of disarray, trying desperately to pass enough legislation so that we will not be held up to the scorn of the country."

Liberal Democrat Clark's tongue-lashing was meant for Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, but it made a certain amount of sense to his red-eyed, rumpled colleagues, worn down by 14-hour working days as they rushed toward adjournment before the July11 Democratic Convention. The...

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