EVEN before the hearings closed on March 15, most committee members were anxious to start drafting legislation.
We all realized that the sooner we got our own bill started through the legislative mill, the more influence its individual provisions would have on the Senate deliberations.
The difficulties ahead were considerable. For good and sufficient reasons the major portion of the original Hartley bill had to deal with amendments to the National Labor Relations Act, since most of the causes of labor unrest stemmed from this Act.
We were all aware that the labor leaders would spare no effort or expense to convince the Congress and the country that our legislation was undesirable, unnecessary, punitive, and unfair to labor. The labor bosses had, for so long, showed such a complete lack of restraint when amendments to the Wagner Act were proposed, that we knew their fury would know no bounds when the committee bill finally saw the light of day.
Because of this, we were forced to work out the details of