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hst-mjc_naid2839469-02 - 1945-11-09

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CABINET MEETING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1945

PROPOSED AGENDA

1. Government reorganization.

THE PRESIDENT

Stated that the Senate Reorganization Bill was unsatisfactory. Too many agencies were exempted by the Senate--14 in all. Stated that there were only 3 or 4 exempted in the House Bill which he believed to be more satisfactory. Is interested in having Cabinet pursue policies laid down by the President. Any quarrel should be in the Cabinet and not in the press.

SECRETARY FORRESTAL

Stated that he would like to help the President's program in speeches to businessmen and educate them with respect to the objectives the President is seeking to attain. Particularly in connection with the reorganization of the government departments.

(There was a general discussion on problems with the Congress on the Reorganization Bill. Nothing concrete was developed.)

SECRETARY WALLACE

Discussed charts prepared by his department with respect to war and postwar economy. Stated that in his opinion materials would not be available to maintain full employment in the succeeding 6 or 7 months and predicted that there would be a serious unemployment problem.