THE PRESIDENCY: Remodeled Housing

Hours after the Democratic congressional landslide rumbled down last November, nimble Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson proposed to build upon it "a bold housing program" suitable to the big-spending tastes of his party's enlarged liberal wing. He gave it top priority when the 86th Congress convened in January, threw aside the President's modest request for a six-year, $1.6 billion program, hammered a $2.6 billion plan through the Senate by early February. Then Dwight Eisenhower's budget battle began to take hold, and the companion House bill, delayed until mid-May, was cut to $2.1 billion. Most of the House cuts were kept...

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