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A. WILLIS ROBERTSON, Virginia, Chairman JOHN SPARKMAN, Alabama
WALLACE F. BENNETT, Utah PAUL H. DOUGLAS, Illinois
JOHN G. TOWER, Texas JOSEPH S. CLARK, Pennsylvania
JACOB K. JAVITS, New York
MILWARD L. SIMPSON, Wyoming
MATTHEW HALE, Chief of Staff
Symington, Stuart, U.S. Senator from the State of Missouri; accompanied
LETTERS AND DATA SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD
Mining Congress, with an enclosure entitled “Congressional Control
Memorandum comparing S. 2272 and the Defense Production Act--
Douglas, Paul H., U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois: Letter to
Senator Robertson dated July 31, 1964--
Executive sessions and organizational meetings.
List of committee publications, excerpts from 13th annual report.-
Letter from the Office of the Director of Civilian Defense Mobilization
dated December 10, 1958.--
on Banking and Currency, dated July 10, 1964.
Press release dated January 8, 1963..
DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT INVENTORIES
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 1964
Washington, D.C. The committee met in executive session at 10:15 a.m., in room 5302, New Senate Office Building, Senator A. Willis Robertson (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Senators Robertson, Sparkman, Douglas, Clark, Proxmire, Williams, Muskie, Neuberger, McIntyre, Bennett, and Simpson.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will please come to order.
We are pleased and honored to have with us our distinguished colleague from Missouri, Senator Symington, who has had a long connection with our military program. He was at one time the Secretary of the Air Force. He was head of our Surplus Property Board, Chairman of the National Security Resources Board, and for many years now he has been a high-ranking member on the Armed Services Committee and an ex officio member of the Appropriations Committee dealing with military affairs. Senator Symington will recall
a hearing we had back in 1950 when he was strongly advocating the Defense Production Act, so we could have authority to buy materials and to increase the productive capacity and supply of materials. At that time he was Chairman of the National Security Resources Board. I think Senator Symington's position at that time is quite pertinent to this discussion.
I felt the proposed Defense Production Act was mighty broad authority. I thought the administrators could do a lot of things without proper congressional control, and I was a little uneasy about giving blanket authority to pile up all sorts of materials, at such prices as they saw fit, and entering into long contracts.
Senator Symington, testifying as Chairman of the National Securities Resources Board at this committee's hearing on July 24, 1950, made this comment:
Mr. SYMINGTON. I think Senator Robertson's point was quite pertinent to this discussion. The question is whether in operating this act there is going to be integrity in the way it is handled. I think these questions are all technical questions and questions of integrity, as you put them up. I think at this stage it is much more advisable to risk possible details of maladministration and get the powers out and support the troops than it is to question the details.
Of course, we were right in the midst of a mighty tough war. Senator BENNETT. In 1950 we were starting in the Korean war. The CHAIRMAN. That is right.