THE CONGRESS: Congress' Week, May 19, 1947

House Republicans sternly laid about them with their economy ax. Last week they worked over Harry Truman's budget for the State, Commerce and Justice Departments. Only one neck was spared—J. Edgar Hoover's.

The chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a standard routine for appropriations committees. First, he swears members to secrecy. Then he tells them what his FBI is doing to keep such things as crime and the menace of U.S. Communism in check. The Congressmen are flattered at being taken into Hoover's confidence, impressed by the magnitude of his job and...

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