FDR Supports Food Subsidies
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Franklin D. Roosevelt rejected a Senate proposal on Monday and then a House proposal yesterday to create a “food czar” to oversee matters related to production and distribution of food. Instead, the president stated his support for a subsidy program to keep food prices low. Prentiss M. Brown, chief of the Office of Price Administration (OPA), yesterday stated that it would be impossible to maintain affordable food without subsidies. The suggested cost for subsidies is from $1,500,000 to $2,000,000, but those are merely estimates at this point. Indications are Congress is sharply divided on the issue, with some members supporting a “food czar” and some supporting subsidies.