Building A Contra CONSENSUS

A Contra CONSENSUS With moderated rhetoric, Reagan wins passage of an aid bill

When the House of Representatives unexpectedly voted against restoring any kind of aid to antigovernment rebels in Nicaragua, an angry Ronald Reagan vowed to push for legislation providing for assistance "again and again." The President overestimated the challenge.

Last week, not two months after turning thumbs down on his first request for $14 million in aid for the U.S.-supported rebels, the House voted handily to approve a second version calling for nearly twice as much, $27 million. Since the Senate had already approved a Reagan-sponsored aid authorization package of its own, the vote made it all but certain that the contras...

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