The Congress: The Worst Defeat

One of the first legislative successes of the Kennedy Administration after taking office in 1961 was passage of a $394 million program of economic aid to areas with heavy unemployment. The bill easily cleared the House of Representatives, 224 to 193. By the end of this year most of that money will have been committed, so the Administration proposed a new $445,500,000 appropriation to extend and expand the program. Last week the House killed the new bill, 209 to 204, gave the Administration its worst defeat of the year.

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