THE CONGRESS: End of the 91st

The most chaotic congressional session in memory approaches its legally mandated end this week amid growing signs of self-recrimination that could lead to reform—and some signs of new testiness between White House and Senate that could lead to intensified political warfare.

With few days remaining before it officially ceases to exist, the 91st, lame-duck Congress had still wrought no definitive law on the big issues. Locked in a single, unwieldy piece of legislation were proposals for restrictions on trade, increases in Social Security benefits and portions of the Administration's far-reaching reform of...

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