THE CONGRESS: Roll Out the Barrel

The pork barrel rumbled merrily about the Senate chamber, flattening out economy forces before it.

When the showdown came on three big money bills, U.S. taxpayers were saved not one nickel. First, the Senate walloped through intact a $2.4 billion Labor and Federal Security appropriation which it had previously voted to cut 5%. Then the sacred $1.4 billion Agriculture bill, which is stuffed with goodies for the farmer (e.g., crop subsidies), was shouted through by unanimous voice vote. Finally came the porkiest little tidbit of all—the $751 million Army Civil Functions Appropriations bill.

Up popped Illinois' New Dealing Paul H. Douglas,...

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