The Congress: Where Are We At Here?

Civil rights legislation last week was in a terrible tangle in the House Judiciary Committee. It would have been laughable if it were not so lamentable.

Still at issue was a civil rights bill produced by an eleven-member Judiciary subcommittee chaired by Brooklyn's civil righteous Democratic Representative Emanuel Celler, who also heads the full Judiciary Committee. That bill went far beyond what the Kennedy Administration had asked—and far beyond what either the House or the Senate would accept.

The Administration, fearful that the barbed-wire subcommittee bill would snag all chances for civil rights legislation this year, put Celler under heavy pressure...

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