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Truman for Cloture on Fepc Debate, but Against Interference from Outside Senate

President Truman told a questioner at his press conference today that although he favored cloture–limitation of debate–when he was in the Senate, he felt that that body must settle the matter of the FEPC bill without outside interference.

As the filibuster went into its sixth day, Senator Alben Barkley, majority leader, told the Senate that he would vote for cloture, if such a motion was placed on the floor. The Republican steering committee which has been threatening for several days to demand cloture is meeting again tomorrow morning.

Senator Glen H. Taylor, Democrat of Idaho, took the floor to attack the filibuster as anti-democratic and “rule by a small minority.” He expressed the hope that there would be no yielding to this “legislative black-mail” and said he is prepared to do his part “in this fight for democracy,” through all-night sessions or any other measures. Senator McClelland of Arkansas assailed the bill as “the most vicious” in the history of American legislation, while Senator Bankhead denied that a filibuster was in progress.

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