THE CONGRESS: The $52 Billion Face Lifting

After a year of cantankerous argument about how to pay for it—bonds or taxes—the House of Representatives last week approved the biggest face lifting job in U.S. history. By a 388 to 19 vote it passed a road-building program calling for 13 years of federal and state spending amounting to nearly $52 billion. The project involves a 40,000-mile system of interstate highways that would connect 42 state capitals and link 90% of all cities with populations of 50,000 or more.

Under the Administration-backed bill, as sent to the Senate (where it faces smooth...

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