The Congress: Blades for Aid

At a White House dinner last year for an African chief of state, Senate G.O.P. Leader Everett Dirksen rumbled to a member of the visitor's Cabinet: "Well, now, what are you people here for?" Dirksen, who expected the usual pleasantries about seeing "your great country," was shocked to hear the minister reply instead: "Money."

That excess of candor was partly responsible for the near emasculation last week of the Administration's $3.4 billion fiscal-1967 foreign aid bill. Convinced, as a result, that the time had come to tighten up on U.S. largesse abroad, Dirksen...

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