NovembeJ' 10, 1969 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE s 13973
IITGH PRIORITY MATTERS ON
AGENDA OF COMMITTEE ON THE
JUDICIARY THIS WEEK
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
would like to call the Senate's attention
to the action scheduled by the Senate
Judiciary Committee later this week on
three of the most pressing matters thal
face this country.
On Wednesday of this week the agenda
of the Judiciary Committee contains the
legislative proposals dealing with the dissemination
of obscene material to minors.
as well as a proposal to meet the growing
problem of salacious advertising. In addition,
the Judiciary Committee may
have on its agenda for the next meeting
the drug bill; a comprehensive proposal
that is designed to update the fight
against this spreading menace in line
with our experience.
These matters are most critical. The
legislative solutions sought for these
problems are of the highest priority. And
the committee may be assured that their
recommendations to the Senate on these
matters will be welcomed with expeditious
handling by the leadership. Certainly
there are no issues of more significance.
It is also hoped that the Committee
on the Judiciary at its next meeting will
consider the proposal that would make
the use of a gun in committing a crime
a separate and distinct ofiense punishable
with a mandatory sentence. This is
the so-called Lesnick bill. Alld what it
says is that the growing use of guns by
criminals and the resultant homicide
rate in this country is going to be met
with punishment that fits these acts of
I believe the contents of this bill will
provide a degree of deterrence that does
not now exist. I am hopeful that this
proposal will be favorably considered
during the Judiciary Committee's deliberations.
I have strongly endorsed these efforts
to meet all of these problems in our society--
obscenity, drugs, and gun crime.
I speak for the entire Senate in expressing
the hope that these proposals are
written into the law books before the
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