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ARMY TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES
COMMITTEE ON THE
JAN 2 9 1946
AS A RESULT OF MARINE RISKS
NOVEMBER 27, 1945
Printed for the use of the
WASHINGTON : 1946
COMMITTEE ON THE MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES
SCHUYLER OTIS BLAND, Virginia, Chairman ROBERT RAMSPECK, Georgia
RICHARD J. WELCH, California JOSEPH J. MANSFIELD, Texas
FRED BRADLEY, Michigan EDWARD J. HART, New Jersey
ALVIN F. WEICHEL, Ohio FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama
CHRISTIAN A. HERTER, Massachusetts J. BARDIN PETERSON, Florida
RALPH E. CHURCH, Illinois HERBERT.C. BONNER, North Carolina ELLSWORTH B. BUCK, New York JAMES DOMENGEAUX, Louisiana
ROBERT HALE, Maine HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington
SAMUEL K. MCCONNELL, JR., Pennsylvania EUGENE J, KEOGH, New York
T. MILLET HAND, New Jersey
E. L. BARTLETT, Alaska
J. R. FARRINGTON, Hawaii
BENEFITS OF PUBLIC LAW NO. 17 TO ARMY TRANSPORT
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1945
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 2 p. m., the Honorable Schuyler Otis Bland (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen, I will call the committee to order.
Mr. Kilday, the sponsor of the bill, is present. I will be very glad. for him to explain it to us and what it does. I will say in the beginning, for the benefit of the committee, that Public Law No. 17 is one of the most intricate we have ever handled, and I have gotten out some of my old files to go through them to see what it does. You gentlemen will have to assume that the committee does not know so much about it, because it was a matter handled by the committee, of course; but Mr. Ackerson and I had many conferences about it and, to my great gratification, when the bill was prepared and submitted to the Congress it went through on unanimous consent, and we did not have to make so many explanations.
I will be very glad to find out what this is. As I understand it, it is sought to amend that bill to bring in the Army Transport Service, and I believe there are some amendments which name the War Department. There are some reports here which will be incorporated. I hope you gentlemen, in explaining this bill and telling us what it is all about, will proceed with the understanding that we need to be enlightened.
One thing I notice in all of the reports is that there seems to be no estimate of the expense that would be involved in it, no estimate of how much it will cost, although it is thought that it will place menand this is my conception-similarly situated in the War Department on the same basis as men who are covered by Public Law 17. If that is not correct, I want it brought out.
Mr. Kilday, we are very glad to hear from you.
STATEMENT OF HON. PAUL J. KILDAY, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS
Mr. KILDAY. Mr. Chairman, I fully appreciate the fact that this Public Law 17 is highly technical and on a subject on which I have very little information, so I am going to have to leave those technical matters to the gentlemen from the services who are familiar with it and to legislative counsel who drafted my bill.