National Affairs: Bigger Depression

The House thought $3,154,425,000 would be enough money to fight Depression II by Federal lending & spending. Last week the Senate in its wisdom, after being whipped through several night sessions by Majority Leader Barkley. who wanted this session of Congress to end some day, made an end of arguing. By 60-to-10 it passed a bill 1) rating Depression II as a $3,722,905,000 affair—$568,480,000 bigger than the House thought— 2) giving Franklin Roosevelt almost as free a hand in spending the money as he had asked.

Once called a "pump-priming" measure, the bill had been given the horrid name of a "poll-priming''...

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