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COMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES

SCHUYLER OTIS BLAND, Virginia, Chairman
WILLIAM I. SIROVICH, New York

RICHARD J. WELCH, California
ROBERT RAMSPECK, Georgia

FRANCIS D. CULKIN, New York
AMBROSE J. KENNEDY, Maryland

GEORGE N. SEGER, New Jersey
CHARLES N. CROSBY, Pennsylvania BENJAMIN JARRETT, Pennsylvania
MONRAD C. WALLGREN, Washington J. C. OLIVER, Maine
JOSEPH J. MANSFIELD, Texas
LINDSAY C. WARREN, North Carolina SAMUEL W. KING, Hawaii
EUGENE B. CROWE, Indiana

ANTHONY J. DIMOND, Alaska
EDWARD J. HART, New Jersey
JAMES A. O'LEARY, New York
FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama
CHARLES J. COLDEN, California
J. HARDIN PETERSON, Florida
JACK NICHOLS, Oklahoma
VINCENT F. HARRINGTON, Iowa

JAMES W. GULICK, JR., Clerk
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AMENDING SECTION 704 OF THE MERCHANT MARINE

ACT, 1936

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1937

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES,

Washington, D.C. The committee met at 10 a. m., Hon. Schuylar 0. Bland (chair. man) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. We have met this morning, gentlemen, for the consideration of H. R. 4207, introduced by Mr. O'Leary, which reads as follows:

That section 704 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 (49 U. S. Stat. L. 2008– 2009) be amended by striking out the words "within 1 year after the passage of this act”, and by inserting in lieu thereof the words "within 2 years after the passage of this act."

The bill refers to certain Government-owned lines which have been operated by the Government under a lump-sum agreement. I think there are involved probably four lines—the American-France, the American Hampton Roads-Yankee; the Oriole, Pioneer, and American Republics Lines. The evidence will disclose the routes on which they operate and the terms on which they have been operated by the Government.

I have asked that there be distributed for the benefit of the members of the committee copies of the Merchant Marine Act which will give section 704. However, you will find the language of the existing law in the report of the Maritime Commission on the first page, and you will notice the concluding clause, "and all operations of the Commission's vessels by private operators under such operating agreements shall be discontinued within 1 year after the passage of this act.” The proposed amendment is that there shall be substituted for the word "one" the word “two."

Mr. O'Leary has furnished me with a very comprehensive statement which, without objection, will be inserted in the record, and I will not undertake to read it now unless Mr. O'Leary particularly desires.

Mr. O'LEARY. No; I do not desire it to be read now.

The CHAIRMAN. I presume it will be brought out in the evidence, but it is a very comprehensive statement and will be printed at an early date so that the members may have the benefit of it. As I say, it involves these lines, and possibly, Mr. Schell, it would be well for you to tell us, just before we go on with this other testimony, where these lines operate, what ships, and then we will put you on later. But you might just do that now, so that the members may have before them a general picture of the operations.

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