Nation: Civics Lesson

Byrd instructs the Soviets

He strongly denied that he had come to the Soviet Union to give the Kremlin a U.S. civics lesson, but that is exactly what West Virginia's Robert Byrd did last week. During a five-day visit to the U.S.S.R., the Senate majority leader repeatedly stressed to his hosts that the Senate is determined, as set forth in the U.S. Constitution, to play its own independent role in SALT II.

Speaking to a group of Soviet officials, Byrd cautioned that Moscow would "not contribute to a constructive discussion of the treaty" by expecting the Senate to be the White House's...

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