AMERICA wanted a new labor law. America needed a new labor law.
Out of the welter of conflicting issues that made up the 1946 congressional elections, that one fact was clear and unmistakable.
Most of us among the leaders of the Republican congressional delegation that assembled in Washington in January, 1947, were convinced that the future of our party--and, more than that, the future of our country--lay in the speedy enactment of legislation designed to equalize the positions of management and labor in this nation.
Let us go back for a moment and see what was going on when the 80th Congress convened.
The most significant current event in January, 1947, was the John L. Lewis vs. the United States suit pending before the U. S. Supreme Court. The American people had been watching, with a great deal of self-interest, the contest of wills between the Presidents of the United States and the United Mine Workers.
In this instance, a labor leader had again shown his belief that