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and pleased if we got five million dollars. He phoned to tell
me this. I was bitterly discouraged but said nothing, as five
million was better than nothing at all.
The next day he called me up triumphant. He said, “Those
lousy bastards in the Budget told me it was too late to put
anything into the budget and just for that I went to the boss
and asked him to write a memorandum saying that we were to have
15 million dollars for construction of research facilities for
the National Institutes of Health across the boards, and I have
delivered it to them.
This did it. Within an hour Sheely was calling me up
asking how I would like the money distributed among the Institutes.
The Surgeon General had heard at once that this was to be, and he
knew it could only have come from one area, from a group of
The Truman-'54 budget was locked up with an additional
25 million over and above what had been voted by Congress for
fiscal 153. It had been a tough struggle and God knows what the
new administration would do with it.
These are the construction allowances: For '53 they
were 4 million for Cancer Institute; Heart Institute, 4 million;
National Institute for Mental Health, 2 1/2 million; National
Institute for Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, 2 million; National
Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness, 2 million; and
National Institute for Dental Research, 500 thousand.
Well, next came the Eisenhower budget.
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