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ARMY TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES

EXECUTIVE HEARINGS
U.S. Congress, House. BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON THE
MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SEVENTY-NINTH CONGRESS

THE ULUYE

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FIRST SESSION

SERIAL RECORD

JAN 2 9 1946
H. R. 1519
A BILL RELATING TO MARINE INSURANCE IN THE COUT. SOOME
OF CERTAIN EMPLOYEES OF THE ARMY TRANSPORT
SERVICE WHO SUFFERED DEATH, INJURY, OR
OTHER CASUALTY PRIOR TO APRIL 23, 1943,

ON

AS A RESULT OF MARINE RISKS

NOVEMBER 27, 1945

Printed for the use of the
Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries

46-25lit

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1946

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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
RALPH H. DAUGHTON, Virginia
ELLIS E. PATTERSON, California

E. L. BARTLETT, Alaska

J. R. FARRINGTON, Hawaii
ELSIE N. KEEFER, Clerk
ELIZABETH B. BEDELL, Assistant Clerk

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BENEFITS OF PUBLIC LAW NO. 17 TO ARMY TRANSPORT

EMPLOYEES

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1945

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON THE MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES,

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.

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