The Congress: Also, the Subject of Sex

The 88th Congress, after an eight-day adjournment, returned for its second session — only to be confronted by most of the major legislative items over which it had dawdled during its first session.

One was the civil rights bill. Hearings on the Administration-sponsored measure started in the House Rules Committee, whose canny old chairman, Virginia Democrat Howard Smith, 80, opposes the bill in its entirety. Peering owlishly above the top of his spectacles, "Judge" Smith labeled the bill "as full of booby traps as a dog is of fleas." He hooted happily at Brooklyn's zealous Emanuel Celler, whose House Judiciary...

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