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November 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(22):1833-1834. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220049015

An immediate onslaught of Sheppard-Towner propagandists, to jam through Congress the pending bill1 to extend the life of the Sheppard-Towner Act, may be expected when Congress convenes, December 6. As passed by the House of Representatives, this bill proposes to extend the act for two years. The Senate Committee on Education and Labor has recommended, however, that the extension be reduced to one year, and with that recommendation the bill is now on the Senate calendar. Its proponents will probably urge amendment on the floor of the Senate to provide for a two year extension, and its immediate enactment as thus amended. Unless the bill is promptly enacted, the thirty-nine legislatures that convene in January can hardly enact the reciprocal state legislation necessary to consummate the purchase by the federal government of the constitutional right of the states to control hygiene and sanitation within their own borders.

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