CONGRESS: Reform for Others Only

Due for a month-long election recess, Congress last week rushed to clear the decks—and in a few instances, did so by heaving worthwhile measures overboard. As expected, it approved a monumental reform in the financing of Presidential campaigns, providing up to $20 million in public funds for major candidates.

The zest for reform did not last very long. By a vote of 203 to 165, the House rejected a far-reaching committee-realignment bill proposed by Missouri Democrat Richard Boiling (TIME, Oct.

14). His program would have broken up the overloaded Ways and Means Committee, split the Education and Labor Committee in two...

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