THE CONGRESS: Battle Lines

The opening of the Democratic 86th Congress was almost two months away, but the trenches were already dug and the caissons were moving up for what could be a historic battle: in the first hours of the 86th, a now-or-never effort will be made to change the U.S. Senate's Rule XXII, which, in its present form, makes it all but impossible to cut off filibusters.

Because Senate rules have always been carried over from session to session, the attack on Rule XXII will come on the first day, soon after Vice President Richard Nixon has gaveled the Senate to order....

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