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June 24, 1950

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1950;143(8):747-748. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910430039017

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Abstract

Congressional Hearings  Congressional consideration of Reorganization Plan 27, which would make the Federal Security Agency into a Department of Health, Education and Security, got an unexpected early start. The House Expenditures Committee, acting before the Senate Committee, on June 14 announced it would start hearings on plan 27 and several other reorganization plans the next day.However, because no witnesses could be obtained on such short notice, consideration of plan 27 was postponed to June 19, when the testimony of witnesses would be put into the record. To a large extent arguments are a repetition of last year's hearings on plan no. 1.Unless either House rejects plan 27 by July 31, it will automatically become effective.When he submitted plan 27, President Truman stated, "A principal criticism of the 1949 plan was that, in centralizing all statutory authority in the secretary... the plan threatened in matters of health and

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