THE CONGRESS: Dogging Issues

Bags packed and business backlogged. Congress shifted restlessly from foot to foot, waiting to take off on a ten-day Easter recess. Holding the members back: an eleventh-hour squabble between houses over terms of a bill authorizing $275 million in emergency funds for state public-assistance programs. Breaking down their differences—after a threat by Nevada's "Molly" Malone to talk until the snow was nine feet deep on Pennsylvania Avenue—House and Senate finally escaped Washington until month's end.

Three biting issues, aside from budget-cutting, were likely to dog them as they faced constituents. The three and their prospects:

Civil Rights. Though Southern Senators have...

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