s 14136 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE August 25, 1970
RAILROADS REQUEST INCREASE
IN FREIOIIT RATES
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
note in the Montana press that the
eastern and western railroads once
again propose to raise freight rates,
this time by 15 percent, in addition to
the 6 percent and 5 percent increases
I do not know where this is going to
stop. The Presiding omcer, the distingul,
shed Senator from North Dakota
th~ Senator from
Mon~ yield to the Sen1.tor from North
Mr. MANSFIELD. I yield to the distin~
luid Senator from North Dakota.
Mr. BURDICK. I commend the able
Senator .from Montana for bringing before
this·body a most important question.
The distinguished Senator has outlined
the increases that have taken place in
the past 2 or 3 years. He has enumerated
the cost-price squeeze tl13t is upon the
farmers of our region and has pointed
out that they just cannot bear another
freight rate increase at this time.
I wonder whether the Eenator has calculated
what this means in returns to the
farmer. I have been advi3ed by several
elevator managers representing farmers
in my State th:\t a 15-percent increase
on top of the other increases would mean
an additional 6 CC'nts a bu.-bel loss in the
price of grain.
Mr. MANSFIELD. I thi"lk th~ Eenator
is being conservative in his estimate. I
think the figure is mor ... than 6 cents-at
least in Montana. This is just another
burden placed on the shoulders of the
farmer, whose costs are increasing and
whose prices are not keeping PMe but,
as a matter of fact, insofar as wheat is
concerned, are fluctuating up and downmo.:;
tly down ..
Mr. BURDICK. Whatever the rate increase
is, it would certainly reflect itself
in a very serious loss at this time.
I share the Senator's great concern.
I hope that by some means we can get a
denial of this freight rate request as soon
as possible, and I will join with the Senator
to do all we can to accomplish
Mr. MANSFIELD. I thank the distinguished
May 1 say that I have been in contact
with the chairman of the Committee on
Commerce, the Senator from Washington
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