The Congress: The Price of Prudence

The great mahogany doors of the House Ways and Means Committee flew open, and a dozen Senators and Representatives shouldered their way through the newsmen outside. None of them would say what had transpired. That was up to the potentate whose name Mr. Mills is affixed in gold block lettering on the chamber's entrance.

One of the last of the legislators to emerge was Chairman Wilbur Mills. "The House conferees have concurred," he said, "in the Senate amendment on the 10% surcharge." Mills walked toward the elevator, the reporters trailing in an expectant pack behind him. "The ceiling," he added, tossing...