The Congress: A Whiff of November

By comparison with its heroically productive first session, the performance of the 89th Congress this year seems lackluster. Nonetheless, as Congressmen headed home last week for the Easter recess, they could reasonably claim that they had accomplished virtually all that they had set out to do. The session has set a "good normal record," as Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield assesses it. "It hasn't been sensational, like last year, but it has been solid."

Actually, Congress has kept a lot busier than it ever expected to be when it reconvened in January. After the tide of dramatic legislation so ardently...

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