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Institute bill through Congress.
Florence Mahoney and I had already
interested Senator Pepper in introducing
such a bill in the Senate with several
other sponsors, and Percy Priest, of
Tennessee, had introduced a bill in the
House for mental illness. He was very
interested in some fact that he had read
and some experiences he had had in
connection with soldiers. He was a very
enlightened and fine man, was Chairman
of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce
Committees later, in the House. He
worked on the bill in the House and he
got it passed. And as we worked on Paper
and others in the Senate and had the
support of Mr. Eugene Meyer, who was the
owner of the Washington Post.
The bill was passed in June and signed by the
President on July 4, 1946.
Now, it's fair to say that we had little, except
indirect, influence on its passage in
the House, but it is certain that
without Flordace Mahoney and me it would
not have passed the Senate. So, there
would have been no bill without our
Would you say a word about your personal efforts
to do this?
Well, we spent a great deal of time in Washington
trying to get the attention of Pepper to
bring the bill up to, first, his
subcommittee and then the full committee
in the Senate, and then to get it on the
floor, and then to get it passed.
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