MAR 2 8 1955
STATEI-iENT BY SENATOR nK.: i•iAN.)FBLD, CrlAIRt!AN, SUBCCMMI'IT:;E ON T:!;CHNICAL
ASSISTANCZ PROGRAMS, COMl•u'MES ON FOMIJN RELATIONS
Submitted to Senat ~ A?propriations Comruittee, March, 1955
Mr. Chairman, I appreciat ~ this opportunity to urg~ your support
of the full $8 million recommended oy the Pr~sid0nt as th2 United States
contribution to the United Nations Ttchnical Assistance Program for the first
six months of this calendar year .
The Subcommittee on Technical Assistance Programs of the Forei'n
Relations Committee is now in the midst of a thorough study of, amon~ oth ~r
things, United States participation in the United Nations program and the
r ~lationship of the UN program to our own bilateral activiti~s . I do not
want to anticipate the results of that study or tha conclusions which the
subcommitt~e may reach. However, I do want to call the Committee's att~ntion
to impressive evidence which our subcommittee has received of support for
the UN program, among the American p~ople as wall as among other nations
of the world.
I particularly want to point out that the request for a supplemental
appropriation provides for only an interi.:.n continuation of United
States participation in the UN program. Lat~ r this spring Con3ress will have
to det·armine how and to what extent tha United States will participate in
the UN program after June 30 of this year . That determination is one which
involves basic issues of long- range United States foreign policy, a.nd it
should not be pr~ ju~iced by abrupt action now to cut off or curtail United
States contributions . If this appropriation is made now, in full, and
Congress subsequently decides to chan~e our participation in the UN program,
it can do so. But if this appropriation is not made now, it will be a
vastly more difficult thing subsequently to renew our participation.
The questionsof policy involved here are not to be decided
lightly or hastily. We are, after all, talking about a relatively small
amount of money for a relatively brief period . I very much hope that the
Appropriations Committee will approve the full amount requested and that
between now and June 30, wh~ n this supplemental appropriation will expire,
Congress can make the necessary long-range decisions concercing ou~ future
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 37, Folder 51, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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