THE ADMINISTRATION: Another Kind of Protection

Commerce Secretary Sinclair ("Sinny") Weeks once dismayed partisans of freer world trade by publicly labeling himself a "protectionist." That was five years ago. Last week chunky, mild-mannered Secretary Weeks, 64, rock-ribbed Massachusetts Republican of the old school that traditionally considered tariff protectionism a fundamental GOPrinciple, stomped in out of a snowstorm to appear before the House Ways and Means Committee. He was there as the Administration's chief spokesman for what may be 1958's most bitterly fought legislative proposal: the bill to promote freer trade by 1) extending the reciprocal trade act for five years instead of the usual three,...

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