The Congress: With a Mind of Its Own

The 89th Congress had been in session only three weeks, yet both houses had already buckled down to work on bills of major substance. It was a surprising show of legislative haste. But President Johnson has handed this year's hugely Democratic Congress a bursting-from-the-seams legislative program, and he is goading his Capitol Hill leaders to get things going early.

Thus, last week, the Senate took up consideration of Johnson's $1.1 billion bill for aid to Appalachia. The Senate passed much the same bill last year, by a 45-to-13 vote, but time ran out before the House got around to it....

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