Washington (Jul. 5)
Opponents of the FEPC in the House failed today to push through amendments to the War Agencies Appropriation bill minus funds for the anti-disorimination agency.
In the latest of an involved series of parliamentary maneuvers which have marked the passage of the measure from the House to the Senate and back to the House, Reps. Celler, Norton and Marcantonio raised points of order which prevented amendments which would have added funds for war agencies that have been operating without them since July 1, but would not have granted any to the FEPC. The bill was adopted without any amendments.
It now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is more favorably inclined to the FEPC than its opposite number in the House. If the Senate group restores funds for all the agencies, including the FEPC, the measure will go to the Senate. There is sentiment among some progressive Senators to table the bill and allow the agencies to go fundless until the House Rules Committee allows the House as a whole to vote on the bill, including funds for the FEPC, an opportunity which has been denied it up to now through parliamentary maneuvering.