Congress and Federal Aid to Education
Democratic Moves for Speed on Aid Legislation
Holding of senate hearings on federal aid for school construction, more than a fortnight before receipt of the special message on the subject that President Eisenhower had said he would transmit to Congress on Feb. 15, signified the purpose of Democratic leaders to take the ball away from the administration on this particular issue. When the hearings opened, Jan. 27, Chairman Hill (D-Ala.) indicated that the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare might even send his bill for a two-year, billion-dollar aid program to the floor before the White House program had been made known.
The bill sponsored by Hill, 26 other Democratic senators, two Republican senators, and Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore.) authorizes federal ...