National Affairs: Arms & the Merchant Marine

Little, egg-bald Speaker Sam Rayburn, cello-mellow with satisfaction, last week saw one of his predictions come true.

After the conscription extension had squeaked through the House last August by a vote of 203-10-202, Rayburn had insisted on a month's recess, had predicted that the members, after listening to the, folks back home, would return to Washington with less isolationist notions. Sure enough, the chastened House had then passed the second Lend-Lease appropriation: 328-10-67.

Last week the House voted on the next move of the President's Thousand-and-One-Steps-to-War policy: repeal of the Neutrality Act's Section...

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