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HEARING Congress. Senate COMMITTEE ON BANKING AND CURRENCY
UNITED STATES SENATE
THE NOMINATIONS OF
OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
ROBERT C. WOOD TO BE UNDER SECRETARY
JANUARY 17, 1966
Printed for the use of the Committee on Banking and Currency
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
A. WILLIS ROBERTSON, Virginia, Chairman JOHN SPARKMAN, Alabama
WALLACE F. BENNETT, Utah PAUL H. DOUGLAS, Illinois
JOHN G. TOWER, Texas WILLIAM PROXMIRE, Wisconsin
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina
MATTHEWHALE, Chief of Staff
JOHN R. EVANS, Minority Clerk
House Report 884, 89th Congress, 1st session.
Senate, excerpt from the Congressional Record, August 30, 1965---
ing Authority, Norfolk, Va.: Letter to Senator Robertson.
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Statement endorsing the nomination of Professor Wood..
Weaver, Robert C., biographical information on.--
NOMINATIONS OF ROBERT C. WEAVER
AND ROBERT C. WOOD
MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1966
Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m. in room 5302, New Senate Office Building, Senator A. Willis Robertson (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Senators Robertson, Sparkman, Douglas, Proxmire, Long, Neuberger, Mondale, Bennett, Tower, Thurmond, and Hickenlooper.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will please come to order.
We are happy and proud to have as our guests this morning three of our distinguished colleagues from the Senate, the two distinguished Senators from New York, Senator Javits and Senator Kennedy, and the distinguished Senator from Massachusetts, Senator Saltonstall,
We also have two distinguished nominees, and we are going to conduct these hearings jointly.
Gentlemen, your nominations as Secretary and Under Secretary of the new Department of Housing and Urban Development will bring into existence this new Department created last summer by Presidential recommendation and congressional action.
There has been some little chat to the effect that the President didn't want to appoint Mr. Weaver, or wasn't enthusiastic about it. I have information that that was not correct; that the President very promptly looked over everybody, and reached the conclusion he couldn't find anybody better; but he did not want to establish a precedent of appointing a colored man to the Cabinet while the Congress was not in session, because it is a precedent, and if anybody wants to complain, he wants them to do it when they have the opportunity. And that is one reason he delayed this appointment until the Congress met.
The new Department will join the other historic departments of the executive branch—such as the State Department and the Treasury Department--as well as the more recently created departments, like the Commerce and Labor Departments and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
And as Secretary of the new Department, Mr. Weaver, you will be the most recent in a long line of Cabinet members which began with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created in order to focus attention on the important problems of housing, community facilities, and urban development, including the allimportant urban mass transportation problem. The Banking and