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April 14, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(15):997-999. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150041013

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)April 9, 1945.

Defeat of Manpower Bill Discourages Nurse Draft  Passage of legislation to draft nurses for service with the armed forces has become doubtful since the Senate's overwhelming vote against the compulsory manpower bill. Senator Elbert D. Thomas of Utah, chairman of the Senate Military Affairs Committee, which reported the nurse draft bills, said "I have no heart to push the nurses' bill affecting only a relatively small proportion of women, now that the Senate has turned down the manpower bill and the freezing of workers in war jobs. At least there should be final action on the manpower bill to see if there is any disposition to do anything at all about it before we try to draft nurses." Senator Thomas said that an amendment would be offered to the nurse bill to prevent the draft from being used if enough nurses

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