The Congress: Last Gasps

Not since Little Eva had there been quite such a deathbed scene—and at week's end the first session of the 88th Congress was still in the protracted process of breathing its last.

Still holding things up was the foreign aid bill. A House-Senate conference committee had agreed on a $3 billion appropriation, $1.9 billion less than the Kennedy Administration originally requested. Now at issue was a House amendment prohibiting the Export-Import Bank of Washington from guaranteeing loans in commercial transactions with Communist nations—such as the much-publicized wheat deal with Russia.

The conference committee came up with a compromise under which the President...

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