State Committee Approves Bill Prohibiting Racial Discrimination in Employment

Approval of the permanent Fair Employment Practices Commission bill proposed by Senator Dennis Chavez; Democrat of New Mexico, was voted twelve to five today by the Senate Education and Labor Committee. The bill would prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color or national origin. Apposition came as expected from four Southern Senators, J. William Fulbright of Arkansas Claude Pepper of Florida, Allen J. Ellender of Louisiana and Olin D. Johnson South Carolina, and also from Republican Senator Robert A. Taft.

Senator Ellender proposed an amendment providing that the bill be not authorised in the respective states until their governors proslaimed need for it. A ten to four vote defeated this amendment, the Southern Senators comprising the opposition. to time has yet been set for bringing the bill to the Senate floor for debate.

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