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F.e.p.c. Closed Down Ahead of Schedule, Congress Fails to Appropriate Liquidation Funds

The offices of the Fair Employment Practices Commission have closed two months ahead of the June 30 date set by Congress. The move was necessitated when a joint conference of House and Senatorial representatives refused to grant the $27,000 requested by the agency to liquidate its operations.

Malcolm Ross, chairman of the commission, has disclosed that he placed himself and the 24 remaining employees of the office on and indefinite furlough without pay, because of Congress’ failure to grant the appropriation. The last remaining task that the Commission will complete is a final report to President Truman on the prospects for employment of minority groups.

At a press conference here today, Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, New York Democrat, said that the bill for a permanent FEPC would be brought up on the House floor every week until adjournment on “Calendar Wednesdays.” Under House rules, legislation which has not been reported out of committee may be placed on the House calendar on Wednesdays.

At an executive session of the House Labor Committee this morning Rep. Jennings Randolph, West Virginia Democrat, was appointed chairman of the committee by an 8 to 3 vote to replace Rep. Mary Norton, who withdrew as chairman because her ill-health was preventing legislative work on the FEPC bill.

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