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JOURNAL

OF THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OF THE UNITED STATES

SEVENTY-SIXTH CONGRESS
SECOND AND THIRD SESSIONS

BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY OF
WASHINGTON

SECOND SESSION, SEPTEMBER 21, 1939
THIRD SESSION, JANUARY 3, 1940

IN THE ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FOURTH YEAR
OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON: 1941

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JOURNAL

OF THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

Begun and held at the Capitol, in the city of Washington, in the District of Columbia, on Thursday, the twenty-first of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and thirty-nine, being the second session of the SEVENTY-SIXTH CONGRESS, held under the Constitution of the Government of the United States, and in the one hundred and sixty-fourth year of the independence of said States.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1939

On which day, being the day fixed by the proclamation of the President of the United States of the 13th day of September 1939 for the meeting of Congress, which proclamation is in the words following, to wit:

PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION

Whereas public interests require that the Congress of the United States should be convened in extraordinary session at 12 o'clock noon on Thursday, the 21st day of September 1939, to receive such communication as may be made by the Executive: Now, therefore,

I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim and declare that an extraordinary occasion requires the Congress of the United States to convene in extraordinary session at the Capitol in the city of Washington on Thursday, the 21st day of September 1939, at 12 o'clock noon, of which all persons who shall at that time be entitled to act as Members thereof are hereby required to take notice.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the great seal of the United States.

Done at the city of Washington this 13th day of September, in the year of our Lord 1939, and of the independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-fourth. [SEAL] FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

By the President:

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Flaherty
Flannagan
Flannery
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Ford, Leland M.
Ford, Miss.
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Schaefer, Ill.

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Thereupon the Speaker announced that 393 Members had answered to their names, a quorum.

COMMITTEE TO NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT

Mr. RAYBURN submitted the following resolution, which was considered and agreed to (H. Res. 298):

Resolved, That a committee of three Members be appointed by the Speaker on the part of the House of Representatives to join with a committee on the part of the Senate to notify the President of the United States that a quorum of each House is assembled and that Congress is ready to receive any communications that he may be pleased to make.

The SPEAKER announced the appointment of Mr. RAYBURN, Mr. DouGHTON, and Mr. MARTIN of Massachusetts, members on the part of the House of said committee.

Ordered, That the Clerk notify the Senate thereof.

MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

A message from the Senate by Mr. Frazier, its legislative clerk, announced that the Senate had passed the following resolutions:

Senate Resolution 182

Resolved, That a committee consisting of two Senators be appointed to join such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives to wait upon the President of the United States and inform him that a quorum of each House is assembled and that the Congress is ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.

The message also announced that pursuant to the foregoing resolution the Vice President had appointed Mr. BARKLEY and Mr. McNARY as members of said committee on the part of the Senate.

Senate Resolution 183

Resolved, That the Secretary inform the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled and that the Senate is ready to proceed to business.

MEMBERS-ELECT SWORN IN

The SPEAKER laid before the House the following communication from the Clerk of the House, which was read: SEPTEMBER 21, 1939.

The SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D. C. DEAR SIR: Certificates of election in due form of law of Hon. FADJO CRAVENS and of Hon. Estes KefauvER as Representatives-elect to the Seventy-sixth Congress from the Fourth Congressional District of the State of Arkansas and the Third Congressional District of the State of Tennessee, respectively, to fill the vacancies existing in those districts are on file in this office.

Very truly yours,

SOUTH TRIMBLE,

Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Mr. FADJO CRAVENS and Mr. Estes Kefauver then presented themselves at the bar of the House and took the oath of office prescribed by law.

COMMITTEE TO NOTIFY THE SENATE

Mr. DOUGHTON submitted the following resolution, which was considered and agreed to (H. Res. 299):

Resolved, That the Clerk of the House inform the Senate that a quorum of the House of Representatives has appeared and that the House is ready to proceed with business.

DAILY HOUR OF MEETING

Mr. SABATH submitted the following resolution, which was considered and agreed to (H. Res. 300):

Resolved, That, until otherwise ordered, the daily hour of meeting of the House of Representatives shall be at 12 o'clock meridian.

APPOINTMENT TO UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE The SPEAKER, pursuant to the authority conferred upon him by the order of the House on August 4, 1939, announced the appointment on September 2, 1939, of Mr. CASEY of Massachusetts member of the Special Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities, vice Mr. HEALEY, resigned.

APPOINTMENT OF STAR-SPANGLED BANNER CELEBRATION
COMMISSION

The SPEAKER, pursuant to the authority conferred upon him by Public Resolution 37, Seventy-sixth Congress, and the order of the House of August 4, 1939, announced the appointment on September 11, 1939, of Mr. KEE, Mr. SatterFIELD, and Mr. TIBBOTT members of the Commission to formulate and carry out plans for participation by the United States in the celebration of the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. COMMUNICATIONS

Executive and other communications, pursuant to clause 2, rule XXIV, were referred as follows:

1066. A letter from the Acting Secretary of Commerce, transmitting a report that papers described therein weighing approximately 32,577 pounds have been sold, and the revenue derived therefrom amounted to $61.90; to the Committee on the Disposition of Executive Papers.

1067. A letter from the Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission, transmitting a report on commingled or common trust funds administered by banks and trust companies which supplements the Commission's over-all report on its study of investment trusts and investment companies made pursuant to section 30 of the Public Holding Company Act of 1935 (H. Doc. No. 476); to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and ordered to be printed.

1068. A letter from the Acting Governor of Hawaii, transmitting the journal of the House of Representatives of the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii, regular session of 1939; to the Committee on the Territories.

1069. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting one copy of legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly of the Virgin Islands and approved by the Acting Governor; to the Committee on Insular Affairs.

1070. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a copy of legislation passed by the Municipal Council of St. Croix; to the Committee on Insular Affairs.

1071. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a copy of legislation passed by the Municipal Council of St. Thomas and St. John; to the Committee on Insular Affairs.

1072. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting a copy of legislation passed by the Municipal Council of St. Thomas and St. John; to the Committee on Insular Affairs.

1073. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Navy, transmitting the draft of a proposed bill to authorize the exchange of lands between the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Co. and the United States at Quantico, Va.; to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

1074. A letter from the Chairman, Reconstruction Finance Corporation, transmitting a report covering the operations of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation for the second quarter of 1939, and for the period from the organization of the Corporation on February 2, 1932, to June 30, 1939 (H. Doc. No. 475); to the Committee on Banking and Currency and ordered to be printed.

1075. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Interior, transmitting the draft of a proposed bill to authorize the sale of lumber and other forest products obtained from forests on Indian reservations under such regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

1076. A letter from the Vice Chairman, United States Maritime Commission, transmitting a special report of the United States Maritime Commission dealing with the action taken by the Commission for the rehabilitation of the services

operated by the Dollar Steamship Lines, Inc., Ltd.; to the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

1077. A letter from the Acting Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission, transmitting a report on investment counsel, investment management, investment supervisory services, which supplements the Commission's over-all report on its study of investment trusts and investment companies made pursuant to section 30 of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (H. Doc. No. 477); to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and ordered to be printed, with illustrations.

1078. A letter from the Acting Attorney General, transmitting a report showing the special assistants employed for the period from January 1, 1939, to July 1, 1939, under appropriation "Pay of Special Assistant Attorneys, United States Courts"; to the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments.

1079. A letter from the Acting Secretary of Commerce, transmitting a report that certain papers weighing approximately 3,090 pounds have been sold and the revenue derived therefrom amounted to $5.87; to the Committee on the Disposition of Executive Papers.

1080. A letter from the Administrator, Federal Security Agency, transmitting the draft of a proposed bill to amend the act entitled "An act to establish a Civilian Conservation Corps, approved June 28, 1937," as amended; to the Committee on Labor.

1081. A letter from the Acting Chairman, Civil Aeronautics Authority, transmitting a report of an investigation authorized under authority of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 (Public, No. 706) (H. Doc. No. 478); to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and ordered to be printed. 1082. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Navy, transmitting a report of designs, aircraft, aircraft parts, and aeronautical accessories purchased by the Navy Department, the prices therefor, and the reason for the award in each case; to the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments.

1083. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Navy, transmitting the draft of a proposed bill to authorize an exchange of lands between the city of San Diego, Calif., and the United States, and acceptance by gift of certain lands from the city of San Diego, Calif.; to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

1084. A letter from the Secretary of Agriculture, transmitting the draft of a proposed bill to permit the Secretary of Agriculture or his authorized representative to deduct all expenses from the proceeds of the sale of surplus agricultural commodities, including animals and the production thereof; to the Committee on Agriculture.

1085. A letter from the Acting Secretary of War, transmitting a report from the Chief of Engineers on the cooperative investigation and study of beach erosion problems at Hawk's Nest Beach, Old Lyme, Conn.; to the Committee on Rivers

and Harbors.

1086. A letter from the Acting Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission, transmitting the fourth and last section of chapter II of part three of the Commission's report on the study of investment trusts and investment companies made pursuant to section 30 of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (H. Doc. No. 279); to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and ordered to be printed. 1087. A letter from the Acting Secretary of Agriculture, transmitting a report of the receipts, expenditures, and the results of the cooperative agricultural extension work in all the States receiving benefits of the act; to the Committee on Agriculture.

1088. A letter from the Acting Secretary of the Navy, transmitting the draft of a proposed bill to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to accept on behalf of the United States certain lands in the city of National City, Calif.; to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

REPORT OF COMMITTEE TO NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT

Mr. RAYBURN, on behalf of the committee appointed to wait upon the President, reported that the committee, ap

pointed by the Speaker on the part of the House to join a like committee on the part of the Senate to inform the President that a quorum of each House is assembled and that Congress is ready to receive any communication that he desires to make, had performed that duty, and that the President had informed the committee that he would communicate to the House at 2 o'clock p. m. a message in person. JOINT SESSION RESOLUTION Mr. RAYBURN submitted the following concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 36):

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the two Houses of Congress assemble in the Hall of the House of Representatives on Thursday, the 21st day of September 1939, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of receiving such communications as the President of the United States shall be pleased to make to them. When said concurrent resolution was considered and agreed to.

A motion by Mr. RAYBURN to reconsider the vote whereby said concurrent resolution was agreed to was, on his motion and by unanimous consent, laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Clerk notify the Senate thereof.

ADJOURNMENT OVER

On motion of Mr. RAYBURN, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That when the House adjourns today it adjourn to meet on Monday next.

RECESS

On motion of Mr. RAYBURN, at 12 o'clock and 40 minutes p. m., the House stood in recess until 1 o'clock and 50 minutes p. m.

AFTER RECESS-1:50 P. M.

The SPEAKER called the House to order.

FURTHER MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

A further message from the Senate by Mr. St. Claire, one of its clerks, announced that the Senate had agreed without amendment to a concurrent resolution of the House of the following title:

H. Ccn. Res. 36. Concurrent resolution providing for a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, September 21, 1939. Then,

JOINT SESSION TO RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The Doorkeeper announced the Vice President and Members of the Senate, who entered the Chamber and took seats assigned them.

Whereupon, pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 36, the Speaker called the joint session of the two Houses to order.

The SPEAKER appointed Mr. RAYBURN, Mr. DOUGHTON, and Mr. MARTIN of Massachusetts members on the part of the House on the committee to escort the President into the Hall of the House.

The VICE PRESIDENT appointed Mr. BARKLEY, Mr. PITTMAN, and Mr. MCNARY members on the part of the Senate of the committee to escort the President into the Hall of the House.

The Doorkeeper announced the members of the President's Cabinet, who entered the Chamber and took seats assigned them.

The President of the United States, at 2 o'clock and 4 minutes p. m., escorted by the committee on the part of both Houses, entered the Hall of the House and at the Clerk's desk delivered the following message.

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, I have asked the Congress to reassemble in extraordinary session in order that it may consider and act on the amendment of certain legislation, which, in my best judgment, so alters the historic foreign policy of the United States that it impairs the peaceful relations of the United States with foreign nations.

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