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COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H. R. 1776
A BILL FURTHER TO PROMOTE THE DEFENSE
JANUARY 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 1941
Printed for the use of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
SOL BLOOM, New York, Chairman LUTHER A. JOHNSON, Texas
HAMILTON FISH, New York JOHN KEE, West Virginia
CHARLES A. EATON, New Jersey JAMES P. RICHARDS, South Carolina
GEORGE H. TINKHAM, Massachusetts JAMES A. SHANLEY, Connecticut
EDITH N. ROGERS, Massachusetts JOSEPH L. PFEIFER, New York
ROBERT B. CHIPERFIELD, Illinois PETE JARMAN, Alabama
JOHN M. VORYS, Ohio LAURENCE F. ARNOLD, Illinois
FOSTER STEARNS, New Hampshire W. 0. BURGIN, North Carolina
KARL E. MUNDT, South Dakota
BARTEL J. JONKMAN, Michigan
BOYD CRAWFORD, Clerk
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
FEB 19 1941
Harriman, Hon. Mrs. J. Borden, United States Minister to Norway. 658
O'Ryan, Maj. Gen. John F., New York City
Smith, Hon. Frederick C., Representative in Congress from the State
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1941
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10 a. m., Hon. Sol Bloom (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will kindly come to order. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives has under consideration H. R. 1776, a bill "Further to promote the defense of the United States, and for other purposes.” A copy of the bill will be made a part of the record at this point.
(H. R. 1776, 77th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL Further promote the defense of the United States, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as "An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States”.
SEC, 2. As used in this Act-
(2) Any machinery, facility, tool, material, or supply necessary for the manufacture, production, processing, repair, servicing, or operation of any article described in this subsection;
(3) Any component material or part of or equipment for any article described in this subsection;
(4) Any other commodity or article for defense. Such term "defense article” includes any article described in this subsection: Manufactured or procured pursuant to section 3, or to which United States or any foreign government has or hereafter acquires title, possession, or control.
(b) The term "defense information” means any plan, specification, design, prototype, or information pertaining to any defense article.
Sec. 3. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, the President may, from time to time, when he deems it in the interest of national defense, authorize the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy, or the head of any other department or agency of the Government
(1) To manufacture in arsenals, factories, and shipyards under their jurisdiction, or otherwise procure, any defense article for the government of any country whose defense the President deems vital to the defense of the United States.
(2) To sell, transfer, exchange, lease, lend, or otherwise dispose of, to any such government any defense article.
(3) To test, inspect, prove, repair, outfit, recondition, or otherwise to place in good working order any defense article for any such government.
(4) To communicate to any such government any defense information, pertaining to any defense article furnished to such government under paragraph (2) of this subsection.
(5) To release for export any defense article to any such government. (b) The terms and conditions upon which any such foreign government receives any aid authorized under subsection (a) shall be those which the President deems satisfactory, and the benefit to the United States may be payment or repay