The Congress: Quid Pro Nothing

The most embarrassing thing that can happen to a politician is, of course, to get beaten in an election. The next most embarrassing thing is to make a bargain and not be able to keep it—which is precisely what happened last week to House Speaker John McCormack.

At specific issue was a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, which must pass on all revenue legislation, including the Kennedy Administration's 1963 tax program and medicare bill. There were two vacancies on Ways and Means that would go to Democrats. Tennessee's Ross...

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