Congress Gets Resolution Barring Pacts with Lands Insisting on Bias

A resolution expressing “the sense of Congress” that it is unqualifiedly opposed to any agreement made between the United States and a foreign power which includes terms discriminatory to any American citizen because of “race, creed, religion, or color” was introduced today in the House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Congressman William F. Ryan of New York, calls on the Government to reject any future pacts with nations which insists on inserting such discriminatory provisos in the agreements, similar to the pact with Saudi-Arabia which discriminates distinctly against American Jews. Rep. Ryan said that official American acceptance of terms which restrict “the personal or commercial access or any other rights available to United States citizens generally” is not consistent with American principles.

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