DEFENSE: Now Congress Backs the Pentagon

In his spartan office on Capitol Hill, Democratic Congressman Jim Lloyd of California scanned a letter from seven liberal colleagues last week. They urged him to support their drive to reduce sharply President Ford's proposed all-time high ($113.3 billion) defense budget for fiscal 1977. With no hesitation, Lloyd took a felt-tipped pen and scrawled a bold, red NO across the top of the letter, then underscored the word three times for emphasis.

Thus, Lloyd served notice that he is no longer the dove on the House Armed Services Committee who helped persuade Congress...