What's That I Heard About Lame Duckery?

Reagan turns the House around on tax reform, as Congress closes in a swirl of confusion

The rebellious Republicans grew still after the President entered the room. Ronald Reagan had just returned from a memorial service at Fort Campbell, Ky., and the pall carried over to the gathering on Capitol Hill. There was a moment of silence for the 248 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division who died in the Arrow Air crash two weeks ago. Then it was down to business. More than 160 G.O.P. Congressmen were eager to explain why they had voted to prevent consideration of a bill drastically overhauling the nation's tax code, and the President was just as eager to persuade them...

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