NO sooner had the Taft-Hartley law been enacted over the Truman veto than the Republican leaders of both the House and Senate decided that no more legislation to which organized labor could possibly object would be passed until after the presidential election of 1948.
I have never felt that the great body of the electorate which has been faithful and loyal to the Republican party during the years would have approved this decision.
Nevertheless, the decision was made and adhered to with a steadfastness worthy of a better cause.
I regretted it at the time, and regret it now, both personally and on behalf of the Republican party.
I had decided to retire from Congress before my selection as chairman of the House Labor Committee, and, naturally, long before the Taft-Hartley bill became law.
I have but one regret in leaving Congress.
That regret is that the Taft-Hartley Act doesn't complete the job the Republican party set out to do in November of 1946. We