Hard Choices on the Hill

A close call for the MX; censure for Studds and Crane

Its first test flight in June, from California to the South Pacific, was impressively smooth. But the MX missile's voyage through Congress last week was a rough one, and the Administration needed all its considerable lobbying skills to save the funding for the beleaguered weapon. Shortly before the House voted 220 to 207 to authorize $2.5 billion to build 27 missiles, the President and Vice President were still calling wavering Congressmen. "Those two are dynamite when it comes to lobbying," said an admiring...

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