THE CONGRESS: Billions & Billions

As Congress neared the end of the long push on the nation's spending program for fiscal 1951, a level Southern voice echoed through the House's chamber. It was an echo which would haunt every home, farm and business in the nation. Lean,, black-browed Congressman George Mahon of Colorado City, Texas, was telling his colleagues last week that they had only begun to spend the people's money.

The military, which was already getting a pre-Korea $13.5 billion in the omnibus appropriations bill, had to have another $11.6 billion immediately for more planes, ships...

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