Foreign Aid: Hatchet Job

"It is unmerciful to condemn millions to wretchedness," said President Johnson in an eleventh-hour plea to save his foreign aid authorization. "It is madness to so jeopardize our own security and the orderly progression of the world." But House members had al ready unsheathed their sharpest knives and, in a callously contrived show of economy, hacked the aid authorization to bare bones. The modest $2.9 billion Administration request, smallest in the aid program's 21-year history, was cut by nearly $ 1 billion before being passed by a 228-to-184 vote.

Closed Doors. For a time during the one-day floor debate, it...

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