WASHINGTON (Jun. 17)
A measure recommended by President Eisenhower to make it a federal crime to cross state lines to avoid prosecution for bombing synagogues or schools was retained in fact today when a House Judiciary Subcommittee approved a compromise bi-partisan civil rights bill.
The bill approved the President’s 7-point civil rights proposal, but included a new version of “title three” taken from a broader bill introduced by chairman Emanuel Celler of the Subcommittee. The Celler measure would authorize the Attorney General to initiate federal action in court for injunctions or other relief to prevent denial of civil rights because of race, color, religion, or national origin. The Attorney General would act only on a signed complaint.
The bill approved today will also be passed by the parent Judiciary committee of which Rep. Celler is also chairman, it was predicted today.
Among other measures in the basic legislation asked by the President is the establishment of a commission to push enforcement of federal regulations banning discrimination because of race, creed, or national origin in employment under federal contracts and otherwise work against discrimination in employment.