THE CONGRESS: Step Toward Decision

The carved mahogany door of the House Ways & Means Committee's conference room swung open and out came a score of frazzled committee members, leaving wan and weary Chairman Wilbur Mills behind to talk to reporters. Arkansas' Mills had an announcement of key importance: pending a final vote this week, the committee had informally approved the Eisenhower Administration's five-year extension of the reciprocal-trade program, with authority for the President to cut tariffs by an additional 25% at the top rate of 5% a year.

Behind that announcement lay weeks of wrangling and hours of bone-tiring, closed-door committee sessions under Wilbur...

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