The Congress: When Luxuries Become Necessities

The House of Representatives might have been debating the merits of apple pie for all the opposition that was voiced. Before the House was President Johnson's proposed $4.8 billion excise-tax cut, and House leaders had set aside five hours one day last week for pro and con on the bill. But there was so little con that the debate lasted barely three hours, after which the House passed the bill by a vote of 401 to 6.* As whooshed through by the House, the bill would repeal "luxury" taxes in three stages over...

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