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HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

UNITED STATES SENATE

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

THE VETO MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT ON H. R. 12, THE AGRICULTURAL ACT OF 1946

(H. DOC. 380)/

APRIL 19, 1956

PART 9

Printed for the use of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

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COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

ALLEN J. ELLENDER, Louisiana, Chairman
OLIN D. JOHNSTON, South Carolina GEORGE D. AIKEN, Vermont
SPESSARD L. HOLLAND, Florida

MILTON R. YO'NG, North Dakota CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico EDWARD J. THYE, Minnesota JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi

BOURKE B, HICKENLOOPER, Iowa EARLE C. CLEMENTS, Kentucky

KARL E. MUNDT, South Dakota HUBERT H. HUMPHREY, Minnesota JOHN J. WILLIAMS, Delaware W. KERR SCOTT, North Carolina

ANDREW F. SCHOEPPEL, Kansas

Cotys M, MOUSER, Chief Clerk
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PRICE-SUPPORT PROGRAM

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 1956

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY,

Washington, D. O. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a. m., in room 324, Senate Office Building, Senator Allen J. Ellender (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Present: Senators Ellender, Johnston, Holland, Symington, Aiken, Young, Thye, Mundt, and Williams.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will please come to order.

First, I wish to welcome the new member of the committee, Senator Stuart Symington.

Senator SYMINGTON. Thank you, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. Secretary Benson, the committee thought it wise to call you today in order to discuss with you the proposals outlined by the President in his veto message, by which he intends administratively to increase the price supports on various basic commodities. As Chairman of the Committee I talked to a few members of the committee and suggested that it would be a good thing to have you come and explain to us how you propose to increase these price supports and to take up other matters that were discussed in the veto message of the President.

Now, as I came in, you informed me that you had a prepared statement that you would like to give.

Secretary Benson. I have a very brief prepared statement, and I can run through it hurriedly and that will give you ample time, I think, for questions. The CHAIRMAN. Would you mind interruptions as we go along?

Secretary Benson. Whatever you think best. I thought it might be best to get that out of the way and then ask questions.

The CHAIRMAN. If you don't mind, if anybody desires to ask questions as you testify, we might have the record in sequence. That is, we can probably bring out some points as you testify in connection with your statement.

You may proceed, Mr. Secretary.

STATEMENT OF HON. EZRA TAFT BENSON, SECRETARY OF

AGRICULTURE

Secretary BENSON. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to come before this committee to discuss the legislative proposals and the administrative actions outlined by the President in his Monday message regarding H. R. 12. My statement will be brief so as to allow time for questions and discussion.

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