Nation: Birth and Death In the Night

On Carter's desk: 189 bills

Most Congressmen and Senators were back in their home districts last week, seeking new zest along the campaign trail after one of the most hectic congressional closings in modern times. Now it was up to President Carter and his aides to try to make sense out of the incredible pile of 189 bills—including a tax cut and an energy program—that the lawmakers had sent to the White House. Among the other significant legislative deaths and births during the last hours of the session:

Highways and Transit. A four-year, $51 billion appropriation, $6 billion more than Carter wanted,...

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