Georgia Bottleneck

Whitman, Willson
June 1941
New Republic;6/9/41, Vol. 104 Issue 23, p784
Focuses on the legislative bottleneck of the Rules Committee. Report that the six-to-five vote of the Rules Committee, six votes admittedly in the vest pocket of Representative Gene Cox of Georgia, Atlanta, is the most important vote in the U.S. Congress today; Information on the extraordinary powers of the Rules Committee; Report that Cox made the front pages of Northern newspapers in 1939, when he was asked by a representative of the Workers' Alliance to vote favorably on a Works Progress Administration appropriation; View that several gentlemen from Georgia have sponsored anti-labor and anti-alien legislation in Congress, but Cox easily emerges from the ruck of Southern Democrats as a man of action and resource; View that Cox is less successful in sponsoring than in smothering bills; Report that the Rules Committee has also been a helpful friend to the special committees appointed to harass New Deal agencies, and to the Dies Committee; Information on Cox's family members engaged in the government job.


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