The Nation: The Road from Slippery Rock

A year ago, he voted with Minnesotan Fritz Mondale to expand the Congressional Budget Committee's federal budget recommendations by $9 billion. Today, he is beginning to talk about "bureaucracies" and the "frustration" of dealing with them. His desk is littered with old speeches, dug out by his staff, with the conservative passages underlined. Pennsylvania's Senator Richard Schultz Schweiker, 50, has a talent for flexibility.

Since he came to Congress in 1960 from suburban Philadelphia's Main Line 13th District, Schweiker has steered a left-of-center course that has helped make him one of the state's...

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