THE CONGRESS: Congress' Week, Mar. 10, 1947

The Senate staged its first full-dress debate of the session. Its subject: the budget, which Republicans in both houses were determined to cut.

The House had voted for a $6 billion slash. Senate Leader Bob Taft wanted a $4.5 billion cut. But young William Fife Knowland, the junior Senator from California, was determined to have $3 billion of the budget earmarked for reduction of the astronomical national debt, and that could not be done if the Senate approved the cut advocated by Ohio's Taft.

If Master Tactician Taft was annoyed, he controlled himself....

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