The Gridlock Breakers

Passage of the Brady bill caps a solid season for the 103rd Congress

T'was the day before Thanksgiving and all through the House, not a creature was stirring; by then they had knocked off for the year. And only a handful of Senators were on the floor Wednesday when majority leader George Mitchell asked if there were any objections to a compromise worked out behind closed doors by Republican and Democratic leaders anxious to finish one last piece of legislation. No one said a word. So Vice President Al Gore, presiding, declared that "the Brady bill has been passed" -- theoretically by "unanimous consent" of the three remaining Senators. Bill Clinton hailed the move...

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