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Brenckman, Fred, representing the National Grange_
Brown, Millard D., president, Continental Mills, Jenkintown, Pa.
Linder, Tom, commissioner of agriculture of the State of Georgia-
Shea, Andrew P., Peruvian-American Association_
Stone, Mrs. Margaret F., representing the National Women's Trade
Letters, statements, briefs, and telegrams submitted by-
American Association of University Women, letter from..
Bacon, Ralph W., secretary, the Industrial Wire Cloth Institute, New
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in the Argen-
Citizens for Victory, letter from.
Davis, J. S., director,. Food Research Institute, Stanford University,
Dillingham, H. L., secretary, American Glassware Association, New
Fri, James L., managing director and secretary, Toy Manufacturers
Press comment on the trade-agreements program_
Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, letter and
Watson, W. N., secretary, Manufacturing Chemists' Association,
Woodruff, Hon. Roy O., member of Ways and Means Committee,
EXTENSION OF RECIPROCAL TRADE AGREEMENTS ACT
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1943
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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.