THE CONGRESS: Nine Days of Labor

As he viewed the Senate from his rear-row desk, Massachusetts' wire-haired John Fitzgerald Kennedy saw little cause for worry. Again Kennedy had written a moderate labor-reform bill, persuaded George Meany's A.F.L.-C.I.O. to accept it. This time he had more Democratic liberals to back him than ever before; moreover, in the first days of debate his bipartisan bloc of Northerners and Westerners had easily defeated attempts to knock out of the bill a spoonful of sweeteners for labor. This time, as in last year's sessions, Kennedy's personal ambitions rode with the bill;...

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