The Congress: Full House

With the 1960 census wrapped up, the House of Representatives faces the painful duty of reapportioning its 435 seats.* Sixteen states stand to lose 21 seats to more populous areas, and pressure grows for Congress to take the easy way out by enlarging the House. Sixteen House-expansion bills, written mostly by jeopardized members, have already been introduced. Support is building for the bill sponsored by Kentucky's Frank Chelf, a measure that would add 34 new seats, saving 17 of the threatened Congressmen.

Speaker Sam Rayburn has long opposed any additional seats, feeling that the House is big enough, would become...

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