The Congress: Closing the Books on the 90th

Careening toward adjournment, Congress last week approved the largest defense appropriation in history ($72 billion) and the stingiest foreign-aid appropriation ($1.75 billion). Those two figures told much about the week on Capitol Hill, and indeed about the entire contentious, niggardly 90th.

The week began with a slapstick squabble over a bill to waive the requirement that radio and television grant equal time to all candidates. The waiver would have cleared the way for presidential debates among the major candidates—something that Hubert Humphrey wants and Richard Nixon, as the man with a big lead to preserve, does not. In their maneuvering over...

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