Roosevelt Trips Himself

T. R. B.
August 1939
New Republic;8/16/39, Vol. 100 Issue 1289, p46
Focuses on the fate, the spending bill met in the House of the U.S. Congress and speculation that President Franklin D. Roosevelt no longer has a majority of Congress and the country is turning against him. Report that the House refused to consider the spending bill by a vote of 193 to 166 or by a margin of 27; view that the official Democratic leadership of the House broke in pieces toward the end of the session; Report that forty-seven Democrats voted with the Republicans against the bill; View that the House vote was of less importance than the fight in the Senate, where the bill was butchered until it was unrecognizable; Information on the proposed amendments in the bill; View that the Senate's evisceration of the spending bill was chiefly the New Deal's fault; Report that Roosevelt's failure to control Jesse Jones, head of the Federal Loan Agency during the course of the spending bill revealed scandalous weakness of character; Failure of the spending bill attributed to the administration's delay in introducing the bill; View that Roosevelt himself is responsible for the failure of the bill and the defeat itself is likely to set congressmen and voters against him.


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