814574 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SENATE November 18, 1969
~NDEPENDENT OFFICES AND DEPARTMENT
OF HOUSING AND
URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS,
Mr. PASTORE. Mr. President, as In
legislative session, I submit a report of
the committee of conference on the disagreeing
votes of the two Houses on the
amendments of the Senate to the bill
-H10966, CONGRESSIONAL RJ:C-ORD.)
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there
objection to the present consideration
of the report?
There being no objection, the Senate
proceeded to consider the report.
Mr. PASTORE. Mr. President, if it is
agreeable with the Senate, I should like
to have a short quorum call. I suggest
the absence of a quorum.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk
will call the roll.
The blll clerk proceeded to call the roll.
Mr. PASTORE. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that the order for
the quorum call be rescinded.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without
objection, it is so ordered.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, before
the Senator starts, will he yield me
about 2 minut.es?
Mr. PASTORE. I yield to the Senator
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, on
November 10, 1969, I had a colloquy with
the distinguished Senator from Rhode
Island n, D.O.
DsAa fklfATOa M.\JfaJ'IELD: Thank you tor
tnl.n8mitUDc ~ Inquiry trom Mr. JOhn 0.
Oreaory, ot Uw Veten.n.a of Poretcn Wan, at
Whitehall, Montana, pertalntnr to tM Veterans•
A4m1niawatlon C.n.ter, Port Han18011,
We aaure you tMt no veteran bu been
dl8c:bar'pd prema,urely or rejected tor lack
of available apace. Alllo, no veteran baa been
forced to 10 to the Mllee City Hospital. Some
applleanta tor adml.lalon have been referred,
With their COn.Mnt, to our Mllee City HOIIpltal
when pogr&pbleal con.a1deratlona make
aucb reterrala ad't1aable. Tbat Ho.pltal bu
fte&Dt beds and no waiting U.at.
Slnce elo.t.nc Uw ward, there baa been a
aU111cl8nt number of vacant belLI on the remalllinc
warda to aecommodate the admlaalon
of all eligible vetart.na. There Ia no waltInc
U.at. Tbe action ,... ell'ectee to tmprove
atamng liDd care of ,.tlenta lily the concentration
of prot-tonal an• other IMI'Vloe per-
110nnel on the Hmatnt.nc three wards. Tbe
nurslnc atalf avallable to patlent.a baa been
slcntftcantly aupented by thla means. These
beds are available tor reactivation; however,
the demand at preaent doee not ellist. Tbls
wu oon11rmecs by recent contaota with the
C.nter Director who Indicated be had vaoant
beds on the three remain1n& wards.
We llhall continue to meet the demand tor
medical care at the Port Harrison Hospital
and provide ell'ectlve service to all eligible
DoNALD E. JOHNSON,
Bon. MtK.E MANSP'IELD,
DE.u Wnu:: I hate to ta.ke all theee complaints.
to you about the Hospital at Fort
Ha.rrl110n, but reading the Information you
put In the local paper, I would like very
much to tell the man he Is a you know what.
I Will admlt that In ordw tor them not
to have a W1'1t1ng list there they very conveniently
take care of that by putting every
one they don't want to Jet In the hospital
on what they call post Hospital Care that way
they do not keep a waiting liat.
Now this place and the man that give you
that false information I feel that If given
a chance to taUr:: to all the people they turn
away I could prove them !Iars.
They tell ua the only reason the hospital
Wing Is closed because Congress did not appropriate
enough money to operate lt.
Some one La puUing someone'a leg. Before
election comee up aa&Jn I would !Ike to know
R. L. MOCK.
Wcuhlngton, D .C., October 7, 1969.
Hon. Muu: MANSFIELD,
Dua SllNATOa MANSFIItLD : Tbank you for
your Inquiry In behalf of Mr. Lyle Jacobson
who wrote you concerning the Veterans Administration
Center, Fort Harrlson, Montana.
We have recently taken out of operation
one hoapltal ward of tO beds. Tbls action
wu ell'ectecl to lmprove ata.tl1ng and care of
patlenta by the concentration of professional
and other service personnel of the remaining
three wards. The nursing atall' available to
patlente baa been algnlncantly augmented
by tbla meana.
Since cloalng the ward, there has been a
autllclent number of vacant beda on the rematnlna
warda to admit veterans who, In the
judpnent ot the profeealonal atull'. are In
need of boepltal treatment. You 11111 be glad
to learn that there Ia no Waiting llat. Some
applicant. for &dm.lwon are beiQg referred
with their oonaent to our Mile City hospital,
when geographical oonslderatlona make such
referral• advlaable. Tbe percentace of appllcante
belnl admitted to Port Harrison Ia
comparable to that of other general medical
and aurglcal hoepltal of the Veterans AdmJnl.
We are conftdent that ~he hoepltallzed
veterans w1U continue to be well served at
Port Harrlaon. There are no plana tor cloelng
either of the VA hospitals ln Montana.
I appreciate your Interest In the medical
program of the Veterans Admlnlatra~lon.
DoNALD E . JOHHSON,
Mr. MANSFIELD. I would express the
hope that the Veterans' Administration
!a not again, for a second time in 6
years, tryl.ng an end-run around the
Senator from the State of Montana. we
had an awfully hard time keeping the
VA hospital a t Miles City. We had an
awfully hard time getting the necessary
beds and the enlargement at Fort
Harrison, and had looked to this committee,
on the basis of its assurances both
in the committee and on the floor, to
watch this matter carefully and see that
what the committee said will be done and
that this 40-unlt wing will not be disbanded
or done away with, but will be
kept and that the veterans of Montana
will be given every possible facility to
take care of the needs which developed
as a result of their service to their country.
And what I have to say for Montana
I Intend to say for all other veterans of
all States of the Union.
Mr. PASTORE. Mr. President, how
long has he had the correspondence?
Mr. MANSFIELD. Since the Senate
passed the appropriation bill being considered
now in the conference report, a
week ago Monday.
Mr. PASTORE. I can understand the
indignation of the majority leader predicated
on the fact that we gave him the
report based on the investigation made
by our staff. Had the majority leader
given me the letter sooner, I would have
had satisfaction for him today. If he
will give me the letter now, I w111 get him
satisfaction within 24 hours.
Mr. MANSFIELD. What I have read
is information I have received as a result
of a telephone call from Dola Wilson,
from Helena this morning, But this is a
letter dated the 14th, which was after
the bill was acted on.
I hope that both will appear in the
Mr. PASTORE. Mr. President, I will be
In touch with the Senator within 24
Mr. ALLOTT. Mr. President, I state
to the distinguished Senator from Montana
that I previously indicated to him
that I am in complete sympathy with
the position he has taken.
I joined with him and with many other
Senators in the fight we had 6 years ago
to preserve some of our veterans hospitals.
My feelings are wholly akin to his.
I think we should see that our veterans
are taken care of.
I join with the distinguished chairman
of the subcommittee in this matter.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
thank the distinguished Senator from
The PRESIDING OFFICER.
question is on agreeing to the con
The report was agreed to.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 38, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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