Murky Outcome

A freeze vote that wasn 't

"This is a unique instance in the history of arms control," said Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill last week. Perhaps so, but the occasion was also a murky one. After more than 40 hours of amendment-filled debate spread over seven tedious weeks, the House finally voted on its contentious call for a nuclear arms freeze by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., a measure opposed by the Reagan Administration. The tally on the nonbinding resolution: 278 in favor, 149 against. Confusingly enough, both pro-and anti-freeze legislators claimed victory.

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