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AMENDING THE MERCHANT MARINE ACTTOF 1936

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1938

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR,

Washington, D.C. The committees met, pursuant to adjournment yesterday, at 2 p. m. in the Commerce Committee room, the Capitol, Senator Royal S. Copeland (chairman of the Commerce Committee) presiding.

Present : Senators Copeland chairman of the Commerce Com, mittee), Johnson of California, and Vandenberg.

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Charles S. Haight:

STATEMENT OF CHARLES S. HAIGHT, CHAIRMAN, MARITIME

COMMITTEE, MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION, NEW YORK CITY, N. Y.

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Haight, what do you want to talk about?

Mr. HAIGHT. Mr. Chairman, my name is Charles S. Haight. I am chairman of the Maritime Committee of the Merchants Association of New York City. There are three points in S. 3078 in which they are interested. I understand that today you prefer to discuss only the labor question but, if I may, I should like to touch for a moment on the other two questions.

The CHAIRMAN. That is all right.

Mr. HAIGHT. The Merchants Association would like to see section 41 of the House bill enacted.

The CHAIRMAN. Is that different from ours?

Mr. Haight. I do not think that it appears in your bill, sir. It is section 41 of the House bill.

The ('HAIRMAN. Do you happen to have the page there?

Mr. Haigut. I can read it to you, Senator. It provides that the last sentence of section 204 (b) of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 shall be struck out.

The CHAIRMAN. That sounds familiar, does it not?

Mr. HAIGHT. That is the sentence which gives to the President the authority, after the expiration of 2 years, to transfer by Executive order to the Interstate Commerce Commission all of the regulatory powers, regulatory duties and regulatory functions which are now vested in the Maritime Commission.

The CHAIRMAN. Is not that the same language as in our original bill?

Mr. Haight. It may be in the original bill, but I do not find it in S. 3078.

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