National Affairs: Letter

For a President to address a message to a Congressional conference committee is unconventional, if not utterly unprecedented. Precedents mean nothing to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. To Pat Harrison and Bob Doughton, chairmen respectively of Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees, members of which were starting the ticklish job of compromising between the two tax bills passed by their respective chambers, he dispatched a 1,000-word letter, recommending in effect that the conference adopt the House bill which, unlike the Senate's, retains at least a portion of the Administration's pet undistributed profits and capital gains tax. Excerpt: "The repeal of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!