Washington Wire

August 1953
New Republic;8/10/53, Vol. 129 Issue 2, p2
The article focuses on several issues related to politics in the United States. The story of the first session of the 83rd Congress is simple. It passed a number of important laws, but it postponed until next January practically all the big, policy decisions. No doubt U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower hopes that by January he will know where he stands and also perhaps what he stands for. He has six more months to find answers that will reconcile election promises with the facts. It becomes obvious at once that Congress has postponed more work than it can possibly get through in the political short term preceding an election. The U.S. Government brought in the bill to boost the debt limit at the last minute in the hope of rushing it through on a hit-run basis. Decline in support for foreign aid was one of the most significant features of Congress and for the first time included Democrats. As Congress closed, Senator John L. McClellan warned the Senate that he had waited the session out to see if the Republicans wanted to do something about curbing Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's power and that he will take the lead himself in the next session to limit McCarthy's right to hire and fire staff if the Grand Old Party does not move first.


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