National Affairs: From the Committees

Out of congressional committees last week came reports of major importance. Items:

¶ The Senate Interior Committee approved Alaskan statehood 14 to 1 (Louisiana's Democratic Senator Russell Long). The bill follows one for Hawaiian statehood to the Senate floor, where opponents will attempt to link them together and then kill them both.

¶ An increase of some $240,565,000 a year in postal rates was approved 13 to 7 by the House Post Office & Civil Service Committee. Among the changes: first-class letters sent out of town would cost 4¢, airmail letters 7¢, and second-class mail (newspapers, magazines, etc.) would be gradually increased to...

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