National Affairs: Price Mouse

The House was in an ugly mood. From the floor came the angry buzz of milling, wrangling men. Majority Leader John W. McCormack tried to line up votes he knew were not there. After four months, Leon Henderson's price-control bill was getting the works.

As it came out of committee, the bill was already a fantastic compromise. Congress was loath to look economics in the eye, even in time of crisis.

Even the compromised bill was too much for the House. Lined up against the committee's bill was a queer, potent alliance: the farm bloc,...

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