Congress passes law to protect presidential candidates
Protection for candidates passes WASHINGTON (AP) Congress passed today and sent to the White House legislation authorizing Secret Service protection for major presidential candidates. The swift action came within 12 hours of the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, felled by an assassin's bulled while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. Both Houses passed the emergency measure without opposition after objection was raised in the House to including the authority in the bill appropriating funds to run the Treasury and Post Office Departments in the year starting July 1. The special resolution authorizes spending of $400,000 for the month of June. First, the Senate voted 75 to 0 to provide the necessary financing through the November 5 election. Then the House passed a temporary bill to finance the protection for the remaining weeks of June. It did this by unanimous consent after an objection by Rep. Durward. Hall, R-Mo., blocked action on . the Senate measure. The Senate was expected to quickly approve the temporary financing in the House proposal. Financing beyond June 30 will be provided, probably-next week, in the annual appropriation bill financing the Secret Service for the year starting July 1. President Johnson has already ordered the protection, without waiting for, the legal authority. Sen. A. S. Mike Monroney, D-Okla., told the Senate that the measure might not have! prevented K e n n e d y from being gunned down early yesterday "but there would, have been a great chance that his security would hav e been greatly increased." At the very least, Monro ney said, "there would have been surveillance of that par ticular point," a Los Angeles; hotel kitchen, where the campaigning Kennedy was. shot. "It is just heartbreaking that we should not have thought of it sooner," Sen Jacob K J a v i t s, R-N.Y said, agreeing with Monro ney that the area in which" Kennedy was shot would cer" tainly have been checked by agents.