The Congress: Double Defeat

Lyndon Johnson, that old wizard of Capitol Hill, seemed to have misplaced his wand last week. Twice the Congress refused to perform on cue, inflicting on Johnson his first major legislative defeats since taking office.

In the House, Johnson's legislative aides found no way to get around Democratic Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur Mills's adamant opposition to the Administration's medicare plan. They had pressured it through the Senate as an amendment to a social security bill. But when they sized up sentiment in the House, they discovered that they could not rally...

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