The Congress: The Skipper & the Ship

The legislative ship of state was moving right along last week, and who should be manning the oars but the long-reluctant leaders of the 88th Congress. The craft was, of course, skippered by Lyndon Johnson.

In the House the civil rights bill was sailing through virtually unscathed; in the Senate the $11.6 billion tax cut was approved, and moved on toward conference committee.

Both actions followed a gale of White House phone calls to Capitol Hill. As Lyndon Johnson's admirers saw it, the President deserved all the credit for breaking up the legislative ice jam. Others, however, insisted that Lyndon's poking...

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