A Futile Veto on Civil Rights

Congress prepares to override Reagan on a bipartisan bill

The bill on his desk, Ronald Reagan thundered, "would vastly and unjustifiably expand the power of the Federal Government" and could even strike a blow against religious liberty. It was the kind of veto message that in years past the President could almost always make stick. But last week nobody except the Moral Majority, some business groups and a handful of conservative Senators was listening, and the most they could do was put off a Senate vote overriding the veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act until early this week. Few in Congress or the White House have much doubt that...

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