THE CONGRESS: The Unhappy Medium

The House Appropriations Committee last week voted to slash $4¼ billion off the $51 billion U.S. defense budget for 1953, and Texas' George H. Mahon, chairman of the Military Appropriations Subcommittee, stood up to explain why. "Actually," said Mahon, "what we have done . . . is to strike a sort of happy medium between the people who want to spend more and the people who want to spend less for defense."

One-third of this reduction fell on the Air Force. If the cut remains in the bill, 1953 orders may be cut by as many as 700 combat planes....

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