THE CONGRESS: Congress' Week, Mar. 3, 1947

Congress' job-of-the-week was the budget total. Coats off and sleeves up, the G.O.P. leaders whacked away at President Harry Truman's $37.5 billion request.

In the House, Republican bosses wanted a $6 billion bite and no buts. As their proposal hit the floor with a take-it-or-leave-it rule barring amendments. Appropriations Committee Chairman John Tabor whipped the Republicans into line. He got fervent support from Missouri's Dewey Short, who opened an attack on New Deal spending by disdaining the microphone and bawling: "I never did like to speak through a tin horn. It's like kissing...

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