THE CONGRESS: Pig in a Poke

The House passed the $56 billion arms bill, 348 to 2.* Few bills have been voted by such a big majority with so little certainty; Congressmen knew they were buying an enormous pig in a poke—a pig representing three-fourths of the whole federal budget.

Above the quiet but troubled debate before the final vote sounded the voice of Massachusetts' Richard Wigglesworth. A member of Congress since 1928, Bostonian Wigglesworth established his heavy-set figure at the reading stand, and began with a familiar Republican charge. "This $56 billion appropriation bill," he said bitterly,...

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