THE CONGRESS: What Mister Sam Wants . ..

"I'm a soldier in the ranks," wailed Brooklyn Democrat Manny Celler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "I've got to do what the Speaker wants me to do." What House Speaker Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn, 76, wanted, instead of a constitutional amendment, was a simple congressional statute that would give Congress the dominant voice in deciding whether a President is disabled and whether a Vice President ought to take over as Acting President. And after two hours of hot opposition to Mister Sam's ukase, the Judiciary Committee last week voted to send even the Celler version of the Mister Sam plan...

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