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What was his interest? Why was he interested?
He had a son who was a psychiatrist.
And you say through “our help” it got through the Senate.
Is that you and Mrs. Mahoney?
Yes, Florence and I. We were friends with Pepper, who
was chairman of the Subcommittee that reported on the bill and
who was on the full Commitee and urged the full Committee to
report the bill, and then the bill got on the consent calendar
of the Senate.
Well, the bill contained an appropriation of 17 million
dollars for training and research and we thought--Florence and I
were so naive at the time--that if the bill contained a specific
amount of money that was tantamount to getting the money. We
didn't realize that you had to go back to the Appropriations
Committee and start all over again, as if it had not gone through
the Congress to begin with, and that you had to start entirely
with new subcommittees on appropriations in the House and Start
and then the full appropriations committees and then get it
through on the appropriations bills that were going through
or get it into a supplemental bill.
So, in this year, in '46, we didn't even know enough to
ask for the money, and Pepper was busy with a lot of other things
and he didn't, so there was no money for one year. I finally
hired a lobbyist to try to work on this, but we finally had to
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