[1936 Ja 12, 17:2]
TOWNSEND BILL AS 'RIDER.'
House Backers Will Seek to Tack
It on Some Other Measure.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (AP).Congressional backers of the
Townsend plan were said today by Representative McGroarty of California to have agreed to offer the
program as an amendment to House legislation at the first opportunity.
Mr. McGroarty, who introduced the
Townsend bill in Congress, said
that about sixty of its supporters favored that strategy rather than an attempt
to force the bill to the floor for a vote by petition, which would require the
signatures of a majority of House members.
"We anticipate that changes in the Social Security Act may come
before Congress this session, perhaps along lines of preserving private pension
and unemployment insurance systems, and that would give us our chance," he
After a conference today with Dr. F. E. Townsend, author of the
plan, he said that he had been informed that an average of 250 new Townsend clubs
were being organized weekly.
"It's a big movementtoo big to be ignored," he added.