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Interview II-9

Interviewee: Mrs. Albert Lasker, (Mary Lasker)
Interviewer: John T. Mason, Jr.
Date: December 29, 1970
New York City

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, how wonderful to see you today. As I reviewed your remarks of last January, which was our last meeting day, I had a feeling that you felt somewhat frustrated and even a bit discouraged at the prospects for legislation benefiting medical research and all attendant subjects in the year 1970, with the new Nixon Administration. How we've come to the end of the year. Do you still feel the same way?

Mrs. Lasker:

Well, I feel discouraged with the Nixon Administration, and its lack of interest in health legislation. However, we have made new friends on the House side of the Congress.

Q:

This was one of the elements that was lacking.

Mrs. Lasker:

Yes. We're still lacking real friends on the Subcommittee on Appropriations, and no matter how much legislation you get passed, if you can't get money appropriated to fund the bills you really don't have very much, at least for the time being. Well, after I talked to you in January, I had a meeting with some leaders of what is called the



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