The Congress: The Dismemberment of Orville Freeman

Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman could hardly say he hadn't been warned. For weeks, at first diplomatically and then bluntly, Capitol Hill farm leaders had been telling him that his omnibus farm bill could not win congressional approval. The key and most controversial provision of that bill: to give Freeman the power to consult with farmers and work out subsidy and control plans for each commodity. Congress could approve or disapprove each scheme as it stood, but would not be able to amend any program or write a new one.

But the Congress had no intention of surrendering its power...

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