Cabinet Meeting Minutes, December 6, 1946. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.
CABINET MEETING, DECEMBER 6, 1946
...Alaska - wants relief from strike of shipping on West Coast. Abrogate tariff wall between Canada & Alaska until March 1st.
Jones Act governs--Alaska has been trying to get this repealed for years. Does not think that as a long term policy it should be done. There certainly is an emergency and on a temporary basis it might be OK. And if it is done it might be a good thing to give the unions on the West Coast a slap in the face.
Thinks it must be done --the thing has drifted too far already.
We can't let the people of Alaska starve. Ordered A. G. to prepare order.
It should not be limited to Canada. It should be broad order.
Sen. Wiley asked Cabinet officers to give him report on War Powers Act. Pres. asked that the Executive branch work together. Use John Steelman as clearing house on matters of this kind. Frowned on Rep. Senators blackmailing or trading with Cabinet members for favors on the basis of favors returned.
Asked Gen. Fleming to take office of Liquidation under his authority for the time being.
Suggested Frank Creedon for Wyatt's job.
Seconded Anderson's suggestion of Creedon who is a practical engineer. (Check on WAA resignation)
Agreed--says he is on top of list now.
There should be no decontrol of sugar. Food Advisory Committee concurs.
If decontrolled there would be a sharp increase in sugar prices.
Ordered Anderson, Steelman & Fleming get together and determine where and how the control of sugar be maintained on the passing of OPA. Will have meeting next week with Anderson, State & Commerce on food situation.
Plans to go on air with coal strike speech Sunday night.
Ordered War & Navy to get ready to go into mining when ordered.
Lewis has best contract he ever had--the strike is his own making. He is out on limb. We will now saw him off.
Krug has done everything possible.
The situation now is we either have a government or we have not.
The speech will be a statement of facts --and that this is a fight to a finish.
Referred to Sen. Capehart visit of yesterday--wanted Pres. to appease Lewis as starting next Monday his company will start losing $1,000 a day.
Has only one request — that no one try to appease Lewis. (Doubts wisdom of another trial in near future.)
That is exactly what we are going to do.