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POST-WAR ECONOMIC POLICY AND PLANNING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1945

UNITED STATES SENATE,

SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE
ON POST-WAR ECONOMIC POLICY AND PLANNING,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to adjournment, at 10:30 a. m., in room 312, Senate Office Building, Senator Robert A. Taft (chairman) presiding.

Present: Senators Taft (chairman), Ellender, and Buck.
Senator Taft. The committee will come to order.

The first witness is General Frank T. Hines, Administrator of Veteran's Affairs.

STATEMENT OF BRIG. GEN. FRANK T. HINES, ADMINISTRATOR

OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATOR OF RETRAINING AND REEMPLOYMENT ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF WAR MOBILIZATION AND RECONVERSION ACCOMPANIED BY EDWARD E. ODOM, SOLICITOR, VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION)

General HINES. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, I have, of course, a great interest in this housing program, not only from the standpoint of the effect that it has upon the veteran who desires to build or buy a home, but it has a bearing upon the reemployment of the veteran, and also has a great bearing upon the citizenship of our country. I think it is a very important subject.

Senator Taft. We, of course, have no desire to do anything that would have any adverse effect upon any benefit given to the veterans. Our main interest is to see how that is going to fit in with the whole post-war housing problem, which Mr. Blandford has outlined as calling perhaps for the construction of 1,260,000 homes a year for 10 years. We are anxious to have your view on this important phase of it.

You may proceed, General.

General HINES. I have prepared a statement which, with your permission, I would like to read. It is not too long, and I think it will bring the point out that I have in mind.

VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION INTEREST IN HOUSING

The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, Public Law No. 346, Seventy-eighth Congress, approved by the President June 22, 1944, gives the Veterans' Administration an interest in the post-war housing problems. This is so, although the act is a veterans', and not a

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