Dense Pack Gets Blasted

Dense Pack Gets Blasted In a rebuke to Reagan, the House says no to the complex MX basing system

The House is Washington's home for hawks. What the Pentagon wants, the House normally gives it—and sometimes more. But last week, by a surprisingly decisive margin of 69 votes, the House refused to give Ronald Reagan something the President had insisted, with all the persuasive flourishes of his best prime-time TV oratory, that America urgently needs to counter the Soviet Union's threatening nuclear arsenal: money to begin production of the 96-ton MX missile with its ten-warhead punch.

The stunning rejection of a President's wishes...