LBJ told Margaret Chase Smith that everyone owed him a favor and she would too someday. She huffed and scoffed there is no way that could ever happen, Sir! They were both freshman Senators and she had made it widely known that she wanted a bill that would pay her Navy Base people the same wages as the Navy Base people got in nearby MA.
The Dems had a majority in the Senate but the Republicans had been deep sixing the proposal. LBJ then went to each of the Dem senators and brought them into the fold for a plan. Normally they give an hour for lunch and do not call the quorum until an hour had passed. LBJ had a quorum there fifteen minutes before the hour. He jumped to the gavel, brought them to order, called for the quorum, stated and passed the bill before the Republicans could come back from lunch!
She told him happily IIRC "Sir, you have done it!"
Edited by Bill Slugg, 16 May 2017 - 06:39 PM.