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because I was sick it didn't . I was really just not well enough to get it going. Then, after Christmas, I assembled -- I went to California in February and I assembled the facts, and I'll give you the material, and I just said I would lobby myself. I just decided that it was too hard to get the different heads of the institutes and the sub-committee together and have an effective meeting. They're too many people that would have had to speak and I couldn't be sure that the sub-committee, even three or four of them, would come to one meeting, much less two or three meetings, which this would have taken. They're not serious enough about it. You know?

Q:

How many are there on the sub-committee?

Lasker:

On the House side, there are about eleven.

Q:

Well, I can see what your difficulties are, getting eleven Congressmen together for any series of meetings.

Lasker:

And I had hoped that Roybal would take some initiative himself, but, you know, he's a man, a nice man, but not anyone with any great scope or energy, you know.

Q:

Do you have any relationship with him? I mean, any --?

Lasker:

Well, I've supported him, but I haven't -- for his campaign in a modest way, but I don't feel I have any relationship and I think he really doesn't understand me at all. He's really puzzled, and he doesn't -- you see, it was always Mahon [Congressman George H. Mahon of Texas], and Mahon told me this, the Chairman of the full committee, it was his determination to put people on the committee



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