DEMOCRATS: The Big Split

The first clear sign of a change in Democratic leadership signals came during a Senate-House conference meeting on the airport improvement bill. For three months, Oklahoma Democrat Mike Monroney, knowledgeable specialist in the jet age, had held out doggedly for the Senate's fat, $465 million airport-construction bill as opposed to the House's $297 million version. Then, one day last fortnight, influential Senator Monroney breezed into a committee session and recommended that the committee forget both bills, simply extend for two years the current airport aid of $63 million a year—only $6.000,000...

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