Confirmation of John J. Esch: Hearings...confirmation...to be a Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission

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Page 220 - That it is hereby declared to be the true policy in rate making to be pursued by the Interstate Commerce Commission in adjusting freight rates, that the conditions which at any given time prevail in our several industries should be considered in so far as it is legally possible to do so, to the end that commodities may freely move.
Page 164 - ... determine to what extent and in what manner existing rates and charges may be unjust, unreasonable, unjustly discriminatory, or unduly preferential, thereby imposing undue burdens or giving undue advantage as between the various localities and parts of the country, the various classes of traffic, and the various classes and kinds of commodities, and to make, in accordance with law, such changes, adjustments, and redistribution of rates and charges as may be found necessary to correct any defects...
Page 73 - That the Interstate Commerce Commission is authorized and directed to make a thorough investigation of the rate structure of common carriers subject to the interstate commerce act, in order to determine to what extent and in what manner existing rates and charges may be unjust, unreasonable, unjustly discriminatory, or unduly preferential, thereby imposing undue burdens, or giving undue advantage as between the various localities and parts of the country, the various classes of traffic, and the various...
Page 185 - In the exercise of its power to prescribe just and reasonable rates the Commission shall give due consideration, among other factors, to the effect of rates on the movement of traffic...
Page 182 - Commission is hereby directed to effect with the least practicable delay such lawful changes in the rate structure of the country as will promote the freedom of movement by common carriers of the products of agriculture affected by that depression, including livestock, at the lowest possible lawful rates compatible with the maintenance of adequate transportation service...
Page 184 - The legislature undoubtedly has a wide range of discretion in the exercise of the power to prescribe reasonable charges, and it is not bound to fix uniform rates for all commodities, or to secure the same percentage of profit on every sort of business. There are many factors to be considered, — differences in the articles transported, the care required, the risk assumed, the value of the service, and it is obviously important that there should be reasonable adjustments and classifications.
Page 221 - Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it is hereby declared to be the...
Page 71 - The committee will recess until 2 o'clock. (Whereupon, at 1 o'clock pm, a recess was taken until 2 o'clock pm) AFTER RECESS The committee reconvened at the expiration of the recess, 2 o 'clock pm, Senator Moses (chairman) presiding.
Page 220 - At any rates at all commensurate with the cost of service the electrified farm home will continue to be a luxury." He then proceeds to advocate the substitution everywhere of the "Pennsylvania plan" for that of the Rural Electrification Administration which has been enacted into law by the Congress of the United States. Under this so-called "Pennsylvania plan...
Page 130 - In making any such change, adjustment, or redistribution the commission shall give due regard, among other factors, to the general and comparative levels in market value of the various classes and kinds of commodities as indicated over a reasonable period of years, to a natural and proper development of the country as a whole, and to the maintenance of an adequate system of transportation.

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