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APRIL 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, AND 23, 1943
ROBERT L. DOUGHTON, North Carolina, Chairman
THOMAS H. CULLEN, New York
ALLEN T. TREADWAY, Massachusetts
JERE COOPER, Tennessee
HAROLD KNUTSON, Minnesota
WESLEY E. DISNEY, Oklahoma
DANIEL A. REED, New York
JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan
ROY 0. WOODRUFF, Michigan
A. WILLIS ROBERTSON, Virginia
THOMAS A, JENKINS, Ohio
MILTON H. WEST, Texas
DONALD H, MCLEAN, New Jersey
JAMES P. McGRANERY, Pennsylvania BERTRAND W. GEARIIART, California
WILBUR D, MILLS, Arkansas
FRANK CARLSON, Kansas
NOBLE J. GREGORY, Kentucky
RICHARD M, SIMPSON, Pennsylvania
A. SIDNEY CAMP, Georgia
CHARLES S. DEWEY, Illinois
WALTER A. LYNCH, New York
AIME J. FORAND, Rhode Island
THAD F. WASIELEWSKI, Wisconsin
PAUL H, MALONEY, Louisiana
BARRON K. GRIER, Clerk
DON D. FARSHING, A88is tant Clerk
Baldwin, Mrs. Harry T., vice president, National League of Women
Besse, Arthur, president, National Association of Wool Manufac-
Brenckman, Fred, representing the National Grange.
Brown, M. Stanley, New York City.
Brown, Millard D., president, Continental Mills, Jenkintown, Pa---
Brown, Russell B., general counsel, Independent Petroleum Associa-
tion of America, Washington, D. C..
Budd, Burton C., representing Automobile Manufacturers Association,
Carey, W. Gibson, Jr., representing the Business Advisory Council,
Department of Commerce.
Caswell, E. L., president, Overseas Automotive Club, New York City--
Cenerazzo, Walter W., president, Waltham Watch Workers Union,
No. 72, American Federation of Labor.
Clayton, Hon. W. L., Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce-
Connaughton, John H., general counsel, National Association of Hot
House Vegetable Growers; special counsel, Vegetable Growers Asso-
ciation of America..
Cooper, Hon. Jere, comments on statement of Tom Linder.
Coulter, Dr. John Lee, consulting economist, Washington, D. C..
Crowther, Samuel, Sunapee, N. H.
Edminster, Hon. Lynn, Vice Chairman, United States Tariff Commis-
Fraser, Samuel, secretary, International Apple Association, Rochester,
Gaunt, Alfred C., president, Merrimac Mills, Methuen, Mass.
Green, William, president, American Federation of Labor.
Hasler, Frederick E., president, Chamber of Commerce of the State
of New York...
Hickman, Miss Emily, New Brunswick, N. J.
Holman, Charles W., National Cooperative Milk Products Federation,
Washington, D. C.
Hull, Hon. Cordell, Secretary of State.
Jones, Hon. Jesse, Secretary of Commerce-
Judd, Hon. Walter H., Member of Congress, State of Minnesota-
Kleberg, Hon. Richard M., a Representative in Congress from the
State of Texas.
Lane, E. H., president, the Lane Co., Altavista, Va.; and director,
National Association of Manufacturers-
LeVino, Gerald, chairman, Committee on Foreign Trade, Commerce,
and Industry, New York City----
Linder, Tom, commissioner of agriculture of the State of Georgia -
Marsh, Benjamin C., executive secretary, the People's Lobby
McGovern, Maurice T., national councilor, Chamber of Commerce,
Minor, Clark H., chairman, foreign commerce department committee,
United States Chamber of Commerce
Mollin, F. E., executive secretary, American National Livestock
Association, Denver, Colo-
Patchin, R. H., W. R. Grace & Co., New York City
Pike, H. H., New York City
Rockefeller, Nelson A., Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs --
Sayre, Hon. Francis B., Special Assistant to the Secretary of State...
Schultz, Dr. T. W., professor of agricultural economics, Iowa State
College, Ames, Iowa..
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Shea, Andrew P., Peruvian-American Association..
Stone, Mrs. Margaret F., representing the National Women's Trade
Union League, Washington, D. C.--
Thomas, Eugene P., president, National Foreign Trade Council, New
Wells, J. M., United States Potters Association.-
Wickard, Hon. Claude R., Secretary of Agriculture.
Wiley, Mrs. Harvey W., chairman, legislation department, General
Federation of Women's Clubs.--
Wilkin, Carl H., economic analyst, Raw Materials National Council,
Sioux City, Iowa.
Letters, statements, briefs, and telegrams submitted by-
American Association of University Women, letter from.-
American Watch Assemblers Association, Inc., letter from...
Bacon, Ralph W., secretary, the Industrial Wire Cloth Institute, New
York, N. Y., letter from -
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in the Argen-
tine Republic, telegram from..
Citizens for Victory, letter from..
Davis, J. S., director, Food Research Institute, Stanford University,
Detroit Board of Commerce, statement submitted by -
Dillingham, H. L., secretary, American Glassware Association, New
York, N. Y., letter from...
Fri, James L., managing director and secretary, Toy Manufacturers
of the United States of America, Inc., statement from..
Givaudan-Delawanna, Inc., letter and statement submitted by -
Gueydan, H. L., letter from..
King, Eric T., secretary, Typewriter Manufacturers Export Associa-
tion, letter from..
Lamont, Thomas W., New York, N. Y., letter from.
McGovern, Maurice T., telegram from --
National Council of Jewish Women, letter from.-
O'Neal, Edward A., president, American Farm Bureau Federation,
letter and statement from..
Press comment on the trade-agreements program.
Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, letter and
brief submitted by ---
Walsh, J. Raymond, director of research, Congress of Industrial Or-
ganizations, statement from
Watson, W. 'N., secretary, Manufacturing Chemists' Association,
Washington, D. C., letter and brief from.-
Woodruff, Hon. Roy O., member of Ways and Means Committee,
House of Representatives, statement by --
Wool Hat Manufacturers Association of America, brief submitted by -- 1087
Amendments offered at executive session, Tuesday, April 27, 1943..
EXTENSION OF RECIPROCAL TRADE AGREEMENTS ACT
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,
Washington, D.C. The committee met at 10 a. m., Hon. Robert L. Doughton (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee is meeting this morning to conduct hearings on House Joint Resolution 111, to extend the authority of the President under section 350 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, for a further period of 3 years. We have the honor of having as our first witness the Honorable Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, whom we all respect and admire.
Mr. REED. Mr. Chairman, before we proceed, I would like to make a preliminary motion, if I may. I move that the committee, upon conclusion of the testimony of the Secretary of State, defer further hearings on the extension of Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act until it has first reported to the House a bill providing for a current payas-you-earn tax collection system.
The CHAIRMAN. In that connection, the Chair will say that the following announcement was made by the chairman of the committee on April 1, which was given to the press, giving notice to the country and people who had expressed a desire to be heard in connection with this House joint resolution, when notified, that hearings would be conducted today. I heard no objection to that program until the announcement was made by minority members—for release in this morning's papers-on April 10, Saturday morning, when notice was given that it was the desire of the minority to take up tax matters ahead of consideration of this very important matter. I shall read at this point a statement I issued on April 1.
I feel that on account of the previous understanding and demands made, and the importance of the subject, that we should take up next in the Ways and Means Committee the extension of the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act and the Bituminous Coal Act, both of which expire in the near future by operation of law.
I am hopeful that consideration of these two subjects can be expedited as much as reasonably possible and to do all we can to that end.
Promptly following the disposition of those measures, we will take up for consideration the tax legislation. I shall call a meeting of our committee on April 12 to begin public hearings on the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act.
That was not challenged or questioned, and I was not asked to change or modify it in any way until I saw the public statement released to the press on Saturday morning, April 10.
Mr. COOPER. Mr. Chairman, I feel sure the committee realizes the importance of this legislation for which the committee was called together this morning to begin public hearings.