The Nation: How the Foreign Aid Bill Died

Washington has still not recovered from the defeat of the foreign aid bill in the Senate two weeks ago. In its unexpectedness and offhand manner, the event was unique in modern congressional annals. In this reconstruction. TIME Correspondent Neil MacNeil tells how it happened:

MAJORITY Leader Mike Mansfield called the Senate into session at 9 a.m. Friday, three hours earlier than usual, so that his colleagues would have plenty of time to get their perorations into the record before the hour agreed upon for voting —7 p.m. There was an air of anticlimax in the chamber: bitter skirmishing over amendments to the...

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