National Affairs: Capital Notes: Mar. 3, 1961

Block & Tackle

House Speaker Sam Rayburn won the battle (217-212) for control of the powerful House Rules Committee, but his war with Chairman Howard Smith has just begun. Vengeful Judge Smith has been trying to get back at Speaker Rayburn by calling up for a floor vote bills that would embarrass the Democratic leadership, particularly those that are anathema to Mister Sam (such as a bill to televise any House committee session). Thus far, the committee majority of eight pro-Rayburn Democrats has closed ranks, refused to let the bills reach the floor. But this puts the Rayburnites in the awkward position...

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