The Congress: The First Session

In the predawn moments of a long Washington night, a handful of U.S. Senators wound up the business of the 87th Congress' first session in a mood of frustration and anger.

The 87th had labored hard and long—longer, in fact, than any Congress since the Korean War session of 1951. It voted the biggest appropriations in U.S. peacetime history—some $95.8 billion. But the distinguishing feature of the 87th Congress lay not in the hours it worked or the money it spent. Rather, what set the 87th apart was the fact that it was dominated by the House of Representatives, long...

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