THE CONGRESS: Uncertainties of Watergate Reform

Long held in relatively low esteem by the U.S. public, Congress is now enjoying a new post-Nixon popularity.

Mainly because of the conscientious and dignified conduct of the House Judiciary Committee in its televised impeachment hearings, public approval of Congress climbed from 30% last April to 48% in August, according to a Gallup poll released last week. Overall, however, the Congress has not yet fully earned such a rise in confidence stemming from its handling of the Watergate scandal. It has yet to enact a single bill that would make future Watergate-type abuses of presidential authority and political campaigns less likely...

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