House Republicans again have approved themselves to be by far the most cohesive voting force in Congress. Party leaders said a survey showed than on 41 key votes this year where the House GOP Policy Committee had taken a position, 91.8 percent of House Repulicans supported that position.
Minority Leader John J. Rhodes (R-Ariz.), noted at a news conference that even though Republicans make up only one-third of the House their cohesiveness plus Democratic divisions gave Republicans victory on eight of those votes and near misses on seven or more.
Policy Committee Chairman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) said the record suggested that if Republicans had a majority, the House this year would have passed a $20 billion tax cut coupled with a $10 billion reduction in non-defense spending; would have refused to create a separate Department of Education, and probably would have approved a constitutional amendment to prohibit compulsory busing of school children for racial balance. The House did the opposite in all these cases.
Rhodes said: "No majority that knows what it is doing would be stuck with a record like this. It clearly indicattes that the Democratic leadership, despite its overwhelming numbers on paper, is unable to lead because its agenda conflicts with what the country wants."