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House Labor Committee Approves Bill Establishing Permanent Fepc

The House Labor Committee today reported out the Scanlon bill setting up a permanent Fair Employment Practices Committee with enforcement powers. The vote was nine to five.

With the filing of the bill on Friday, the measure must wait for a ruling of the House Rules Committee to be placed on the House calendar for consideration. A spokesman for Rep. Nary Norton, chairman of the Labor Committee, said that it the ruling is not granted within a week, she will circulate a discharge petition. Signatures of 218 Congressmen to this petition will mean that the bill can be taken up on the House floor without a ruling from the Rules Committee.