THE CONGRESS: To the People

Each year, as Congress winds up its work, West Virginia's Bible-quoting Senator Matthew Neely denounces what he calls "the scourge of senatorial verbosity." Last week aging Democrat Neely came out from behind the three-foot piles of Congressional Records on his Senate desk and reported that in 155 days this year, Congress had filled 21,484 pages with an estimated 31,946,708 words at a printing cost of $1,842,140. Ten Senators (unnamed) had supplied half the words.

Deviltry Halted. Despite the scourge. the 83rd Congress had an extraordinary record of accomplishment. More than a decade ago, domestic legislation had been laid aside when...

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