The Congress: Sense & Insensibility

The Senate last week blasted clear of its great reapportionment logjam. After six weeks of didactic debate, fulminating filibuster and mule-headed obstinacy on all sides, a quorum of weary Senators finally compromised, 44-38, on a "sense of Congress" resolution: federal courts are requested to grant a breathing spell to states reapportioning their legislative districts. In the soft est of language, the resolution asks that courts give the states at least one legislative session, plus an additional 30 days, to meet the Supreme Court's one-man-one-vote requirements. But the "sense of Congress" really makes very little sense: there is no legal...

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