THE CONGRESS: Accounts Receivable

Technically speaking, congressional expense accounts are an open book. But it takes a truly constant reader to make any sense out of the volumes of expense vouchers since the vouchers are filed away with no index or key. Last week many a Congressman had the election-year jitters because two Washington newsmen, who spent months studying more than 25,000 vouchers turned in between 1957 and 1959, published (in LIFE and the Knight newspapers) the results of some patient indexing of their own.

Some Congressmen, reported Newsmen Walter Pincus and Don Oberdorfer, took wives along on business trips...

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