National Affairs: The House's Key Committee Bows to No Man


IN the gaudy legends of the House Rules Committee, Kansas Republican Philip Campbell occupies a niche as the crustiest of that committee's traditionally crusty chairmen. In the early 1920s Campbell sported a Napoleonic curl in the middle of his forehead and had a personality to match, using the obstructive powers of the Rules Committee to block any legislation that he took a dislike to. When he saw fit, Campbell defied a majority of his own committee. If other committee members passed a resolution okaying a bill for floor action...

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