THE CONGRESS: Roll Out the Barrel

On Capitol Hill the echoless chambers of Congress slumbered in the hush of recess. But in the garish ballroom of New Orleans' Hotel Roosevelt last week a rump session of 34 disgruntled Senators and Representatives chorused a rebel yell.

An economy slash by Harry Truman had made the ralliers taste blood. In addition to $202 million left over from wartime grants, a generous 79th Congress had dumped $309 million more into a Federal kitty for the improvement of rivers, harbors and flood control. The President, during his thrifty August mood, had daringly told...

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