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?use Committee Approves U.S. Participation in International Refugee Organization

May 27, 1947
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The House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning unanimously reported favorably on a resolution to authorize United States partipation in the International Refugee Organization.

In a letter to the committee, Secretary of State George C. Marshall named abassador to Great Britain Lewis Douglas to be the United States representative at the initial session of the IRO Council. The U.S. will also have two alternates on the Council and probably representation on the executive committee of the Council, the committee report pointed out.

The bill contains the Revercomb amendment which was expressly written into the Senate bill specifying that participation in the IRO does not involve any change in U.S. immigration laws to admit refugees.

The House bill authorizes the expenditure of $73,500,000 as the U.S. share of the IRO budget. This is $1,500,000 below the figure approved by the Senate but the report emphasized that the cut had been made with full State Department approval. Of the figure set, it is estimated that $2,300,000 will be used in IRO resettlement work and the balance for operating expenees and for U.S. representation in the organization.

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