July 25, 1942

FDR Expected To Veto Measure
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A measure approved by Congress was sent to the White House yesterday that would require the bulk of raw material for synthetic rubber to be farm products. Petroleum is currently the base for synthetic rubber under the program jointly administered by the War Production Board (WPB) and the Rubber Reserve Corporation. The measure’s passage by the Senate earlier this week and by the House yesterday is a victory for the farm bloc, lead by Hampton P. Fulmer (D–S.C.), chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Fulmer stated that “…the people want this bill because the government’s program has failed.” Speaking to the administration’s opposition to the bill, he went on to say, “I’ll feel sorry for the Democratic party if the president vetoes this bill.” The president is expected to do just that.

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