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WILLIAM H. BATES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/31/1967 - HFSID 321335

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Massachusetts politician writes regarding a rat extermination bill. Typed Letter signed: "William H. Bates", 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D. C., July 31, 1967. On official letterhead.

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WILLIAM H. BATES
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Massachusetts politician writes regarding a rat extermination bill.
Typed Letter signed: "William H. Bates", 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D. C., July 31, 1967. On official letterhead. To: "Dear Miss McArtney" In full: "I have your letter of July 23rd in respect to the action taken in the House on the so-called rat extermination bill. The problem of rats in the United States has been a serious one. The question is not whether or not something should be done but whether the federal, state or local government should exercise jurisdiction. In my judgment, recognizing that the federal government is facing a $25 billion deficit, and the President is requesting an increase in taxes, it seems that now is not the time for us to inaugurate new programs unless they are of the most crucial nature. In fact, in view of our financial situation, we should make an earnest effort to reduce the cost of much of the legislation which is currently on the books. The recent riots in certain American cities has been tied into this legislation as proof of its need. Yet, the most progressive city action against rats has been developed in Detroit where an imaginative and progressive program has dwindled the incident rate to almost insignificance compared to the past. This was accomplished by the local people without federal assistance. The federal government does have some research programs in this area under the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. It was my judgment that a sense of direction should be provided by the federal government where necessary, but that the actual correction of the situation should rest with the citizens of each community. With kindest regards, I am Sincerely yours,". William Henry Bates (1917-1969) represented the state of Massachusetts's 6th district in the US House of Representatives from 1950 to 1969. Assuming office immediately following the death of his father, Congressman George J. Bates, Bates served in the US Navy during World War II, and following the war he continued as a Navy reservist, working as a supply officer. In congress he was a fierce legislator for strengthening our nation's military, as well as the development of nuclear-powered naval vessels. Upon his death in 1969, The US Navy attack submarine USS William H. Bates was renamed in his honor. Toned around edges. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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