Taxes: To the Floor

Although every Administration since (and including) that of F.D.R. has had its differences with Virginia's Democratic Senator Harry Byrd, each has discovered that Byrd is no blind obstructionist and that his word is as solid as his beloved Blue Ridge back home. If Lyndon Johnson ever had any doubts about that, Byrd dispelled them last week by releasing the Administration's tax bill from his Senate Finance Committee as promised, even though he personally remains dead set against it.

As expected, Byrd cast one of five votes-against committee approval of the bill. But, impressed by Johnson's budget-cutting efforts, he speeded committee action,...

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