Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986; Anderson, Clinton Presba, 1895-1975; Krug, Julius A. (Julius Albert), 1907-1970; Fleming, Philip B. (Philip Bracken), 1887-1955; Wherry, Kenneth S. (Kenneth Spicer), 1892-1951
Cabinet meetings; Food aid; Farming
Cabinet Meeting Minutes, October 17, 1947. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.
CABINET MEETING, OCTOBER 17TH, 1947
P.M.G. - absent
Instructed Cabinet Food Committee to hold more frequent meetings to keep
particular attention to poultry & egg controversy. Also asked to provide
closer liaison with Citizens Food Committee (Luckman).
Suggested launching vigorous Farm Conservation program to divert attention
from poultry & egg controversy and to enlist support of farmers in all out
drive. Is encouraging the farm machinery manufacturers and distributors to
move into picture and whip up farm support.
Asked Labor about speech to CIO convention on minimum wage of 75¢. Told
him that 65¢ was shot for with Congress last year.
Figures now justify 75¢ level - due to increased living costs.
Wants to know what policy is to be. Does not want Cabinet members at cross
Thinks that high should be 75¢ with machinery to provide for adjustments
downward to 65¢. Industry Committee procedure will take care of the
flexibility necessary to get job done.
Asked Labor - Commerce and FWZ (Fleming) to get together so that all are in
agreement. Told Anderson he wants all Cabinet members informed on
Will report at next meeting.
Proposed regular meeting for each member to inform all of current and
future programs and problems.
Agreed. Anderson 1st, Labor 2nd, Krug 3rd.
In July alone 22 thousand tons of tin plate went to brewers. There is no
reason why they can't go along on glass bottles and discontinue use of
steel which is critical for beer containers. Is trying to get the
cooperation of industry thru associations. l½ to 2 million tons of steel
can be saved if this can be worked out.
Wherry is to blast us on steel - criticize sale of Geneva plant - failure
to urge steel industry to expand production.
Republicans have determined to report out no farm legislation next year.
This will help us in every farm area.