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Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965; Byrnes, James F. (James Francis), 1882-1972
Cabinet meetings; Food relief; Food aid

Cabinet Meeting Minutes, July 19, 1946. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings I.

CABINET MEETING, FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1946

NO AGENDA

In view of the fact that there was no agenda for the Cabinet meeting, several minor problems were discussed, including delays in getting action on appropriation bills for the Post Office Department and the Labor Department.

SECRETARY WALLACE

Referred to a chart which he handed to the President, reflecting that basic commodities prices are now in comparable position to period that followed last war. However, at no time in history has the ratio of acceleration of prices been greater than it has been during the past few weeks.

SECRETARY OF STATE BYRNES

Foreign needs for food will not make it possible to dump commodities on domestic market to depress prices. We must continue to ship food items to the distressed countries. This makes it increasingly important to retain controls until such time as the supplies approach the demands.


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