The Congress: Nixon 1, Senate 0

Since Election Day, the President has been arguing that he has achieved working control of the Senate. But the 92nd Congress will not be seated until January, and in the interim the White House wanted very much to demonstrate forward momentum by winning its first important test in the current lame-duck session. When the showdown came last week—on a Senate move to override a Nixon veto—the Administration won a close fight.

At issue was more than a bill to put a ceiling on candidates' expenditures for political advertising on TV and radio. It was also made clear to G.O.P. Senators...

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