The Administration: Paying the Store

Arkansas' Wilbur Mills is not the kind of Congressman to make the same mistake twice. Earlier this month, when the House of Representatives dealt its Ways and Means Committee chairman—and the Johnson Administration—a humil iating defeat by voting down a routine bill to raise the Federal debt limit, Mills determined to make his own nose count rather than rely on the arithmetic of White House lobbyists. "I'm not moving," Mills vowed to a friend, "until I've got the votes." Last week Mills moved, winning passage of a slightly amended version of the original measure by the ready, mistake-proof margin...

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