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Mr. ARENDS. Will that be long? Mr. Hardy. Well, you can't get your hearings printed until you are pretty sure you have completed them.
You do not want to have the thing in sketches. The CHAIRMAN. Well, what is running through my mind: I was hoping that if we won't have to have any legislation growing out of the report, that you and Mr. Bates and the staff can fix up the legislation. So it might be possible to consider it during this session of Congress. Mr. ARENDS. Who is handling it? The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Slatinshek, Mr. Blandford.
Mr. HARDY. Mr. Chairman, I think Mr. Bates would agree with me that there is a very definite need for legislation.
(The chairman nods.)
Mr. Hardy. And whether or not we have any chance to act on it at this session I think would depend on how long we are going to be here and what the wishes of the chairman are.
The CHAIRMAN. Well, I think
Mr. HARDY. I got the impression a moment ago that we were through with legislative business. And that bothered me a little bit.
The CHAIRMAN. No.
Mr. HARDY. Because I have had a little bill that has been waiting for a report from over in the Defense Department now since June 22.
And if they cannot do any better than that, why I think maybe we ought to take it up without waiting for them.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Smart, on behalf of the committee, check up and expedite a report on that bill.
This will not be the last committee meeting.
The members will recall that I appointed a special subcommittee in January of 1960 to investigate the adequacy of our national military airlift. It was a seven-man sub-committee, with Mr. Rivers serving
as chairman, and it was directed to make a detailed inquiry into : the many facets of the subject.
The results obtained by that subcommittee remain a source of gratification and pride to both the subcommittee and the full committee. Without burdening the committee at this time with the details, it is sufficient to say that the subcommittee made 11 recommendations, 9 of which were implemented by the Department of Defense.
It is now clear that some $1.5 billion worth of aircraft have been purchased, or under production, or under development as a result of the subcommittee's interest. This has resulted in a great increase in the military capability for all of the military services.
In spite of the progress that has been made, it seems clear that another study of our national military airlift capability should be con
ducted. For that purpose, I am appointing a new special subcomi mittee to conduct the inquiry.
After consultation with Mr. Arends on the designation of minority members, I herewith appoint the following members to the subcommittee:
Mr. Rivers, chairman.
Mr. Smart has been designated to serve as counsel for the subconmittee.
While it does not appear possible to hold hearings until after the election, a great deal of preparatory work has already been accomplished. I look forward to another constructive effort on the part of this subcommittee.
By separate letter to the chairman of the subcommittee, I will delineate the subcommittee's jurisdiction.
Now, members of the committee, that is all the business before us
And we will try to keep right up with our business.
It may be necessary to have some more hearings just as soon as reports from the Department come in.
Thank you, gentlemen, very much.
(Whereupon, at 11:35 a.m., the committee was adjourned, subject to call of the Chair.)