From Washington and the Middle West last week came salvos of the spring offensive in what might well become 1958's most important legislative battle. The issue: the Eisenhower Administration's all-out effort to persuade Congress, now interested mainly in domestic antirecession spending, to authorize $3,940,000,000 for foreign military and economic aid for fiscal 1959. Items:

¶ In Washington, Defense Secretary Neil McElroy appeared as the first witness at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee foreign aid hearings, forcefully argued that foreign military aid is needed to help U.S. allies deliver "a counterblow of...

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