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APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1950
ųS. Conguits SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina
JOHN TABER, New York GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont ALBERT THOMAS, Texas
ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
KARL STEFAN, Nebraska W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas
FRANCIS CASE, South Dakota ALBERT GORE, Tennessee
FRANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin
BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa
WALT HORAN, Washington
GORDON CANFIELI, New Jersey JOE B. BATES, Kentucky
IVOR D. FESTON, Pennsylvania
JOHN PHILLIPS, California
CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio
GEORGE Y. HARVEY, Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
JOHN J. ROONEY, New York, Chairman DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania
KARL STEFAN, Nebraska
CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE APPROPRIATION BILL, 1950
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COM
MITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE, JUSTICE, COMMERCE, AND THE JUDICIARY APPROPRIATION BILL, 1950, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1949.
STATEMENTS OF HON. CHARLES SAWYER, SECRETARY OF COM
MERCE; BERNARD L. GLADIEUX, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY; FRANCIS R. CAWLEY, DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET OFFICER; MATTHEW HALE, ACTING SOLICITOR; AND CHARLES H. ALEXANDER, MANAGEMENT ANALYST Mr. Flood. I regret to announce that the chairman, Mr. Rooney, is ill with a severe cold, and we will not have the advantage of his conducting the hearings today. That being the case, I will attempt to substitute for him.
We are very fortunate to have with us this morning Mr. Charles Sawyer, the Secretary of Commerce, and I am sure the committee will be very happy to hear from this very distinguished statesman.
Mr. Secretary, I understand you have a statement that you would like to present to the committee.
Secretary SAWYER. Mr. Chairman, first, may I express my appreciation for the wholly undeserved appellation which you conferred upon me.
I am glad to appear before your committee to initiate the review of the program and budget of the Department of Commerce for the fiscal
The Department of Commerce is, among other things, the principal fact gatherer and economic analyst for the Federal Government covering industry and commerce at home and abroad. As such, one of the principal functions of the Department of Commerce is to help make possible the prime objective of our Government—to achieve and maintain the domestic and international well-being so essential to ourselves and the world. We are responsible, too, in the Department for the successful administration of a number of scientific and technical services contributing to the national economic welfare.
We have now reached a stage in our economic development where it is more urgent than ever before that the kind of thoughtful analyses and economic surveys provided by the Department be carried on at top