National Affairs: Standstill

The U. S. Government last week was practically at a standstill. The House wrangled triflingly over income tax publicity, voted a 1¢ per lb. processing tax on rice, passed the Department of Interior appropriation bill. With even less to do, the Senate sat only three afternoons. Week before, by tacking on an amendment to pay relief workers on public projects the same rate as private employes on similar jobs, tactical Republicans and principled Democrats had derailed the President's $4,880,000,000 relief bill (TIME, March 4). Dead set against putting the Government in direct competition with the private construction industry, the President had...

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