Nove1nber 15, 1973 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE s 20407
tablish unlf8rm international regulations
THE Wm:n: Housz, November 14, 1973.
NATIONAL J1¥ERGENCY PETROLEUM.
ACT OF 1973
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, the
pending business before the Senate, S.
2589, is a. bill to a.nthorlze and direct the
President and State and local governments
to develop contingency plans for
reducing petroleum consumption, and
assuring the continuation of vital public
services in the event of emergency fuel
shortages or severe dislocations in the
Nation's fuel distribution system, and
for other purposes. This bill is a matter
of the highest importance. I am delighted
that the Senate mmittee on
Interior and Insular Affairs has acted
with such expedition.
I should like to no~ that the hearings
we1·e held in public; tbat the markup of
the bill was held in public; and the representatives
of the administration were
present at the time of the markup. In
view of the emergency nature of the situation,
I think the bill is of the highest importance
at tltts time, should be considered
as expeditiously as possible, and
that prqper .1:onsideration should be
given to all amendments offered.
But may I express the hope, also, that
there will not be too much in the way
of extraneous amendments to the pending
measure because time is of the highest
ldgnificance. I am not at all certain
that even yet we understand the need
for emergency legislation, nor am I sure
that the legislation goes far enough. I
point out that even without the war in
the Mideast, t.b.is crisis would have been
upon us, );)erhaps to a leliSer degree; but
even with Arab oil coming in, I believe
that we wo.uld have been confronted with
it this coming winter and next spring.
I point out, Mr. President, on the basis
of remarks made by the distinguished
Senator !rom Washington
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