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Congressional Committee Votes Against Reducing Immigration Quota; Sends Bill to House

The House Immigration Committee today eliminated by a vote of 10 to 7 the controversial Section 5 of the Gossett Bill, which proposed cutting immigration quotas by fifty percent for the next ten years. A substitute amendment which would have reduced the quotas by twenty-five percent for five years was also defeated.

Opposition to Section 5 of the measure had been expressed in hearings before the committee by the American Federation of Labor, the Congress of Industrial Organizations and other groups. Jewish organizations voiced their opposition jointly through Judge Nathan D. Perlman, who testified in behalf of the National Community Relations Advisory Council, which includes all major Jewish groups in the country. The revised bill was reported out to the House today by the committee.