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February 22, 1963 - Interview No. 13.

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, do you want to resume the story of your magnificent fight to get appropriations for the various Institutes in order to make them effective?

Lasker:

Yes. After the triumph on the House floor for increased appropriations in June, Florence and I next decided that we must work for the passage of S 849, which was the Research Constructions Facilities Bill, the Hill-Bridges Bill, which I've talked about before. It was before Percy Priest's committee.

Q:

Had hearings been held on it?

Lasker:

Well, they had been held. The Association of Deans had planted a Dean from the Medical School of the University of Tennessee in Washington in order to persuade Percy Priest to add an amendment to the bill for the construction of other types, for general purposes; in other words, like gymnasium, libraries and everything else. This disturbed us deeply because this would involve an immense amount of money and these purposes would get mixed up with the construction of research facilities, and we felt that the research facilities would get the short end of the stick, which indeed they would.



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