The Congress: A Falling-Off Among Friends

The civil rights bill may survive its enemies, but it is getting scant help from its Senate friends.

At one point, as the Senate neared its fifth week of civil rights debate, Minnesota Democrat Hubert Humphrey, the bill's floor manager, could not even raise a quorum. Only 39 Senators were present. Of the absentees, 44 were civil rights supporters, three of them —Rhode Island's John Pastore, Missouri's Edward Long and Washington's Warren Magnuson — "captains" of Humphrey's Democratic team. For the first time in nearly two years, the Senate was forced to adjourn because it had been unable to muster...

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