Nation: Stockpile Spat

As it must to almost all congressional investigations, partisan politics last week burst into the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee's probe of Government war-emergency stockpiling. Missouri Democrat Stuart Symington, the subcommittee chairman, expansively told a news conference that his three months of hearings had disclosed that "the taxpayers stand to lose over $1 billion as a result of these stockpile operations—far greater than any I have seen in the Billie Sol Estes case."

President Kennedy demanded the investigation last winter. He had, he said, been "astonished" to learn that the stockpile of industrial materials was worth more than...

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