THE CONGRESS: Complex Situation

The 79th Congress, which has taken to starting self-consciously every time congressional salaries are mentioned, had an unusually jumpy week.

In disturbingly rapid succession, two top Democratic Representatives—Virginia's Clifton A. Woodrum and Georgia's Robert Ramspeck—informed the House that they were quitting the Government. Reason: overwork and underpay.

Silver-topped Cliff Woodrum, for 23 years one of the ablest of House members, was bound for a reported $50,000-a-year job as president of the American Plant Food Council. But he wanted a last word before he left: "I have seen men come to this body in the heyday of hopeful youth, and stay under the...

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