The Congress: Some Thoughts on Destiny

The debate on the nuclear test ban treaty got under way with exactly eight members of the U.S. Senate on hand. Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, reasoning that more Senators should be present for the occasion, moved a quorum call. Still, few showed up, so Mansfield rescinded the call.

It was not as if the treaty were a cut-and-dried issue. For two months it had stirred controversy across the U.S., and even as the Senate began its debate the Armed Services' Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee was distributing a 25-page report, supported by six of its...

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