The Congress: Toward the End

Sick of Washington's sultry heat and weary after a long session, the members of the 87th Congress drove toward an adjournment that still seemed a week or two away. Last week's major Capitol Hill action came in the House. There, by a vote of 270 to 123, the homesick legislators passed and sent to the Senate a $3,657,500,000 foreign aid appropriation.

The figure fell $596 million short of the foreign aid authorization bill that had just been signed by President Kennedy, and it was achieved only after a hard fight. Under the leadership of Louisiana Democrat Otto Passman, a longtime...

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