Nation: The Congress: Score One for Persistence

AMERICA'S long embryonic supersonic transport plane, which has had no fewer than four Presidents willing to claim fatherhood, turned out last week to be only an idea whose time has not yet come. The development may be merely a forced rest; for the time being, however, the giant 1,800-m.p.h. plane is grounded, thanks to a surprising 52-to-41 Senate vote that denied another $290 million for its development. Behind the vote was the persistence of a single Senator and the force of a newer idea: protection of the environment.

The Senator was William Proxmire, Wisconsin...

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