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panels of work. At any rate, they met.
Most of these people were your own nominees?
They were all my own except for Kaplan, Parton and Wendell
Scott. Wendell Scott was another doctor. However, there were some
people that I didn't know like Cornelly who was the Negro, head of
American Public Health Association. I knew his reputation so I knew it
was safe to have him. I didn't know Mazey or Abel but I knew that
they would represent a favorable position and they represented important
unions. Believe it or not, the panel made a report on the 4th of December
saying that there should be a national cancer authority established,
with the power to cut red tape, to make plans that would be -- substantial
plans -- that the funds of the cancer authority should be double that
which there is now in the Cancer Institute, and that the funds should
rise up to between 800 million and a billion dollars in 1976, to try
to make a conquest and elimination of the disease.
Was this to be an independent agency?
An independent agency of the President's, of the executive
office, reporting to the President and to the Congress, and the people
were to be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of
the Senate.. yes, they had to be confirmed. People on the advisory
council. Now, Yarborough, after the conference, which had wide press
coverage and was on television, Yarborough introduced a bill covering
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