Nation: Ugly Mood Developing on the Hill

Congress comes back to confront energy and inflation

If a summer vacation is supposed to give people a lift, then the nation's lawmakers might just as well have skipped the August recess and stayed in Washington. Said Massachusetts Republican Representative Silvio Conte as he returned to the Hill last week with his colleagues: "Congress is in an ugly mood. The members have been home and they got the message." Said New York Republican Congressman Barber Conable: "The mood is one of grim determination. The members are ready to get on with it and are...

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