The Congress: Love's Labors Won

One desultory afternoon last week, New York's Democratic Congressman Emanuel Celler, 76, rose in the sparsely populated House chamber to perform a labor of love. Celler's task: to speak on his bill outlawing gerrymandering of congressional districts. It was a subject close to Manny Celler's old Brooklyn heart.

"You know," he began, "it is said that gold never rusts. Twenty years ago, I put this gold nugget, this bill, away, and it has not rusted. It is just as good today as it was 20 years ago when I first tried to get it through the committee on the judiciary...

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