THE CONGRESS: Clear the Decks

The Senate's Republican Policy Committee unlimbered a heavy-caliber political weapon last week. To clear the way for a Republican President next January, it announced that the Senate would confirm no more presidential appointments before the session's end. The decision affected some 1,000 civilian vacancies, 859 of them postmasterships. The only exceptions would be for the military and for Cabinet officers.

In their own defense, Republicans pointed out that in 1932 a Democratic Congress had ignored 1,727 of Herbert Hoover's 2,903 appointees. But that was in a lame-duck session after Hoover had already...

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