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APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1950

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

ųS. Conguits SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
towe COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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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
JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi

BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa
GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota
JOHN J. ROONEY, New York

WALT HORAN, Washington
J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia

GORDON CANFIELI, New Jersey JOE B. BATES, Kentucky

IVOR D. FESTON, Pennsylvania
JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island RALPH E. CHURCH, Illinois
HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington LOWELL STOCKMAN, Oregon
ROBERT L. F. SIKES, Florida

JOHN PHILLIPS, California
ANTONIO M. FERNANDEZ, New Mexico ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas
WILLIAM G. STIGLER, Oklahoma FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York
E. H. HEDRICK, West Virginia

CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio
PRINCE H. PRESTON, JR., Georgia
OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana
LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan
DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania
CHRISTOPHER C. MCGRATH, New York
SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois
FOSTER FURCOLO, Massachusetts
EDWARD H. KRUSE, JR., Indiana

GEORGE Y. HARVEY, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

JOHN J. ROONEY, New York, Chairman DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania

KARL STEFAN, Nebraska
PRINCE H. PRESTON, JR., Georgia

CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio
Jay B. HOWE, Executive Secretary to Subcommittee

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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.

GENERAL STATEMENT

year 1950.

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

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