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August 12, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(7):597-598. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800320049014

The Seventy-Sixth Congress adjourned sine die August 5 without acting on the Wagner Health Bill, S. 1620. The Senate Committee on Education and Labor, however, submitted a preliminary report1 August 4 and announced its intention to submit a definite report soon after the next session of Congress convenes. The subcommittee which has the bill under its immediate consideration plans to report an amended bill. The committee expresses the opinion that federal legislation along the general lines of the Wagner Health Bill is necessary to strengthen the health services of the nation and to make provision for progressive and effective improvement of health conditions in all parts of the country and among all groups of people. The committee was not convinced that the enactment of the bill would bring about revolutionary or dangerous changes in the established methods of medical service.

Congress passed in the last hours of the session