Welfare: Wilbur the Shrewd

Few Congressmen gave President Nixon's welfare reform bill any chance of easy passage when it was introduced last October. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur Mills was skeptical about the revolutionary proposal, and his opposition would have been fatal to the bill. Some legislators doubted that even Nixon really wanted the measure approved. Therefore, it came as a surprise to everyone, including the President, when Ways and Means first gave the bill its 21-to-3 approval, and then last week sent the legislation to the floor of the House. Even more surprising,...