National Affairs: The Cure That Kills?

"One of the most irresponsible pieces of serious legislation reported by a committee to the Senate since I have been a member," said Missouri's Democratic Senator Thomas C. Hennings Jr. Not so, retorted South Carolina's Democratic Senator Olin Johnston: It is a landmark defense against a Supreme Court which has made a "shambles of established, ingrained law."

Both Hennings and Johnston were talking about a bill originally authored by Indiana's Republican Senator William Jenner, rewritten almost completely by Maryland's Republican Senator John Marshall Butler, and approved last week—without hearings—by a 10-to-5 vote of...

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