THE PRESIDENCY: Tariff Approval

President Hoover at last declared himself on the Tariff Act of 1930. He said he would sign it. Though he had been described as "open-minded" on the measure and determined to subject it to expert study beforehand, he did not wait for the bill to reach his desk before proclaiming his intention of approving it. While the measure was still waiting in the Senate for its last formality—the signature of Vice President Curtis—astonished newsmen at the White House were handed a typed statement in which President Hoover declared:

"I shall approve the tariff bill....

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