WASHINGTON--Opponents of the Merchant Ship Arming Bill fired broadsides at the measure before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today in the midst of a mushrooming undercover drive to scuttle all neutrality act maritime restrictions.
On the other side of Capitol Hill, there were signs of an incipient Republican revolt against the party leadership of Wendell Willkie over his proposal to repeal the entire act.
Seventy-five House Republicans sat insilence as one of their colleagues disavowed Willkie "as a leader of Republican thought." None rose to defend the 1940 G.O.P. standard bearer, who was branded "the No. 1 warmonger of America" by Rep. William P. Lamberison, R., Kans.