The Congress: Bedside Manner

Mere mention of the words "foreign aid" is enough to bring out the beast in many Congressmen. Yet last week, after four hours of debate, and by a 249 to 148 vote, the House authorized a $3.37 billion foreign aid program—only $12.7 million less than President Johnson had originally asked for.

Part of the credit for the bill's smooth passage went to the President, who persuaded Congress that he was asking only what he absolutely needed; previous Administrations often raised congressional hackles by padding foreign aid in anticipation of cutbacks. More credit went...

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