The Congress: No Smorgasbord

Lyndon Johnson will certainly find it far more difficult to extract cooperation and cash from the 90th Congress, which convenes next week, than from the compliant, free-spending 89th. The three-seat Democratic loss in the Senate (the new lineup: 64 v. 36) will result mainly in strengthening the Republicans' moderate-liberal wing. The G.O.P. gain of 47 House seats in the November election, which cuts the Democratic advantage to 248 v. 187, gives the Republicans their strongest House delegation since 1957-58 and nudges the House back toward its traditional role of skeptic. A...

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