The Congress: Holiday for Builders

"And now, Mr. Speaker, there being no further business," drawled Acting House Majority Leader Hale Boggs of Louisiana, "it is my honor and privilege to move that the first session of the 89th Congress do now adjourn." The clock stood at 12:52 a.m.; the Senate had quit two minutes earlier. To a chorus of yahoos, Speaker John McCormack banged his gavel, and the 40-odd members still on the floor headed jubilantly for the exits.

Thus, at long last, Congress wound up a first session whose record of legislative achievement (see box) was unsurpassed in...

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