The Congress: Prouty's Pride

"What we are supposed to be doing today," protested Senate Finance Committee Chairman Russell Long, "is raising revenue, not spending it." Attacking Republican Senator Winston Prouty's proposal to extend social security benefits to all Americans aged 70 or more, Louisiana's Long cried that "it would be just as well to scatter $100 bills in a high wind." For all his protestations, the Senate, in mutinous mood, approved a variation of Prouty's amendment to the Administration's tax-boosting bill that would cost $120 million in its first year.

"Dim & Desperate." Prouty, 59, a flinty, former small-town mayor from upstate Vermont, has been...

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