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Senate Action Urged to Prevent Collapse of Entire Displaced Persons Program

Senate action has been urged by members of the Displaced Persons Commission in a move to avert collapse of the entire displaced persons program, which is being brought about because the House Appropriations Committee refused to allocate the necessary operating funds.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has been asked by members of the Commission to make available funds to save the program and bring in 80,000 people now being processed for entry. D.P. Commissioner John W. Gibson said the Commission is seeking emergency help from executive agencies to prevent the “complete disaster” expected if funds are not forthcoming.

Congress, on June 28, authorized an extension of the program until December 31, but has made available no additional funds. Although the House rejected the allocation request, hope is held of getting some money from the Senate. The Commission’s request for $1,431,000 to continue the D.P. program never reached the floor of the House.