Congress Will Be Asked to Extend Life of War Refugee Board; No Difficulty Expected

News reports to the effect that the War Refugee Board would go out of existence on January 22, 1945, having caused widespread apprehension, informed Washington sources pointed out that under the so-called Russell amendment to the last Independent Offices Appropriation Act, additional Congressional action will be necessary to continue the WRB beyond January 22, 1945, the date of its expiration.

The state of the war will presumably determine whether Congress will be asked to enact any such legislation. In view of the broad non-partisan support given WRB no difficulty is anticipated. In this connection it was pointed out by WRB that John W. Pehle, executive director of WRB did not say the WRB would continue after January 22, since this is a matter for Congress to decide. Mr. Pehle did deny having said the WRB would be terminated on January 22 or any other date, since it cannot now be forecast how long the WRB will be needed.

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