The Congress: The Death of the 87th

Not since Little Eva had there been such a deathbed scene. The 87th Congress expired interminably, and in oratorical anguish. But at least and at last it died.

Countless times, the 87th seemed about to draw its last breath. At one point Senate Whip Hubert Humphrey definitely predicted a midweek adjournment. But Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield knew better. Asked about Humphrey's forecast, he simply sighed: "What week?" A newsman suggested to Mansfield that in Election Year 1962. a lot of members of Congress were by now praying for adjournment. Retorted Mansfield: "If I pray any more, I'm going to...

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