Nation: Carter vs. Congress

Up to last week's final inning, Jimmy Carter had a better record against Congress than people had expected of him at the beginning of the year. He had several solid hits, a few home runs and not all that many strikeouts. How the batting went on some of the major issues:

Civil Service Reform. To improve the performance of the lumbering federal bureaucracy, with its 2.8 million employees, Carter asked for salary incentives and streamlined hiring and firing procedures. Congress gave him substantially what he wanted, refusing only to abolish preference in hiring given to veterans.

Equal Rights Amendment. Carter supported extending the...

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