Agriculture: Despite Persuasion & Pressure

If victory is all the sweeter when the battle has been hard fought, then the New Frontier was set to savor a very sweet victory when its farm bill came to a House vote. The Administration had battled long and hard for the measure. It survived in the Senate last month by the nervous margin of 42 to 38. It got past the House Agriculture Committee by a single vote—18 to 17. Only a fortnight ago, its prospects of passing the House looked so dubious that the Democratic leadership decided to postpone the scheduled showdown so as to give the...

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