THE CONGRESS: Civics Lesson

A cluster of nuns settled among the spectators, and looked brightly around the old green and gilt hearing room. From the door, an aged Capitol policeman eyed them uneasily. The explosive Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill (national health insurance*) was up for another chewing by the Senate's Education & Labor Committee. Maybe the sisters should be warned, he thought.

It was already too late. As Committee Chairman James E. Murray, a wealthy New Dealer from Montana, be an to cuff critics who had called his $5 billion plan "communistic" and "socialistic," Ohio's arch-conservative Robert A....

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