Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971; Fleming, Philip B. (Philip Bracken), 1887-1955; Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986; Anderson, Clinton Presba, 1895-1975; Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-19
Cabinet meetings; Foreign; International relations; United States-Soviet relations; Loyalty investigations
Cabinet Meeting Minutes, November 14, 1947. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.
CABINET MEETING, NOVEMBER 14, 1947
Asked Gen Marshall to give report on the foreign aid hearings in Congress.
Senate was very friendly but House Committee took him down a lot of side
streets with reference to China, Communism, etc. Opposition does not take
stand on what we are trying to do but how we are going to do it. Thinks
Taft's fumbling is working out to our advantage.
Did not have much trouble with the Committees. Senate was not as
intelligent in its questions as the House due to fact so many House members
have been overseas. Had similar reaction as Gen Marshall. House was strong
for buying outside of U.S. which should prove helpful. Cong. Herter has
raised question as to amount of grain which can be made available. Anderson
will have to answer.
Can take care of that situation OK. Has called all groups inter-locked
with farm economy together to get behind the drive to conserve grain -
control rats, etc. - It was most promising and thinks conference will
Has decided to ask for price controls on fuel - food - clothing - rent - in
Message to Congress. Can't go down with a half-baked program.
Brought up difficulty in maintaining staff and facilities in Moscow Embassy
due to restriction on imports of supplies and exorbitant cost of food &
other commodities in Moscow. Cost is 10 times that in U.S. It has been
recommended that Soviet representation in U. S. be reduced to same number
as we have in Russia (They have 850 in U.S. We have 150 in Moscow) if
Russia does not make satisfactory adjustments. Up to now our Ambassador has
been able to get no relief. Question is raised as to whether Smith would
do it with Molotov or whether Marshall should do it at London meeting.
Asked for opinions. The consensus was that Smith should do it now.
Discussed problem of making public papers of Russo-German Non-aggression
Pact of 1939. State Department people feel that they should be made public
and not wait until 1950 which would be normal release time.
They should not be published until after meeting of foreign ministers in
STATE & COMMERCE
Both agreed - and that decision be then made and on returns achieved -
In view of decision on controls - Commerce, Interior and Agriculture should
get together at a high level to formulate a policy an administration of
Directed them to get together right away.
Justice should be called into this to formulate enforcement policy.
Had request from Gov Dewey to declare a disaster area in a town in Sullivan
County, N. Y., where there has been a flood.
Will have tough job in drawing line on how far the Loyalty Review Board can
go in checking an organization such as Lawyers Guild, United Federal
Workers Union - Should they be put on list or not, that is the question.
Mentioned problem of people let out on suspicion - Should they get a letter
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