National Affairs: Housework

The House of Representatives not only outlaws filibusters, but usually gets its major work done on schedule. Last week, as the Senate went into its tenth day of debate on its Atomic Energy Commission bill, Speaker Joseph W. Martin brought the House bill to the floor under a rule limiting discussion to four hours, plus a short time for each proposed amendment. But the fight over public v. private power worked up more steam than even Joe Martin had bargained for.

By recess time at 3:14 the next morning, the House had gone through its longest session in years, and Joe Martin's...

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