THE CONGRESS: High Ride for Gas

A rich mixture of gas and politics filled the corridors, the cloakrooms and the chambers on Capitol Hill last week. The Kerr bill was swirling through Congress.

The bill was the work of Freshman Senator Robert Kerr, a big burly man with a friendly eye and the handshake of a life-insurance salesman. A former governor of Oklahoma, he is also a millionaire oil and gas producer, and almost from the day he got to Capitol Hill, in 1949, he had been pushing this legislation.

Bob Kerr's bill was designed to straighten out a confused...

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