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WARREN G. MAGNUSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/14/1949 - HFSID 225362

WARREN G. MAGNUSON Senator Magnuson responds to a constituent regarding spending cuts Typed Letter Signed: "Warren G Magnuson". 1p. 8x10 United States Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C., 1949 June 14. To: Mr. George R. Longbrake, Seattle, Washington. In full: "Dear Mr.

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WARREN G. MAGNUSON
Senator Magnuson responds to a constituent regarding spending cuts
Typed Letter Signed: "Warren G Magnuson". 1p. 8x10 United States Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C., 1949 June 14. To: Mr. George R. Longbrake, Seattle, Washington. In full: "Dear Mr. Longbrake: Thank you for your letter of June 10, urging a five percent reduction in all appropriation measures. I am opposed to general percentage cuts when the bill reaches the Floor of the House or Senate, as I believe appropriations can best be cut by the congressional Committees themselves, which examines and scrutinizes each individual item in a bill, taking testimony for and against it, thereby reaching a considered judgment as to how much money is actually needed to meet minimum requirements. Straight across-the-board cuts do not necessarily spell good economy. Also, I am working along with a group of other Senators, on a plan for effecting cuts, using a scientific approach rather than straight cuts, and it is hoped this plan will soon be ready for proposal. Meantime, I feel that the recommendations made by the Hoover Commission provide the best single approach to the problem of streamlining government activities and curbing spending and, while Congress will disagree with some of these recommendations, on the whole, I shall throw my weight behind them. Unfortunately, as you may realize, 70 percent of our total expenditures are in preparation for a prospective war or to meet the costs of the last war. When we can find a way to eliminate or reduce the cost of national defense, our taxes can be cut in half. Kindest regards. Sincerely," Warren Magnuson (1905-1989), a Democrat, was first sent to congress by the people of Washington in 1937. After serving as Representative he was elected to the Senate in 1944 and served until 1981, becoming the most senior member of that body. Magnuson was instrumental in keeping supertankers out of the Puget Sound by attaching an amendment to a routine funding reauthorization bill. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased and toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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