THE CONGRESS: Scared Cats

The U. S. was 104 years old before its Representatives dared to vote themselves money for clerk hire. Not until 1898 did they allow their office helpers a full year's pay ($1,200). Now each may have two secretaries on the Government payroll at no more than $3,900 for one, $5,000 for the pair. Each Senator is entitled to five (for $12,120).

Last week the House voted to up each member's annual secretarial allowance to $6,500 for three, increase the yearly appropriation for such help from $2,190,000 to $2,847,000. Before thus braving taxpayers, who generally (and unjustly) believe that all Congressional...

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