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New Civil Defense Program. Ninth Report by the Committee on Government Operations

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On September 19, 1961, the Committee on Government Operations had before it for consideration a report entitled New Civil Defense Program. Upon motion made and seconded, the report was approved and adopted as the report of the full committee. The chairman was directed to transmit a copy to the Speaker of the House. The course of civil defense in the United States has taken a dramatic new turn within the past few months. Since May 1961 these events have occurred 1 The President personally has addressed the Congress and the American people, on the vital importance of civil defense as national insulance. 2 The Department of Defense has been made responsible for carrying out major civil defense functions, including shelter protection, vested in the President by law and policy. 3 The Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization is being constituted as the Office of Emergency Planning to assist an a vise the President in exercising is civil defense and mobilization planning responsibilities. 4 The Congress, responding to the Presidents call for a stepped-up civil defense program, has appropriated funds for shelter and other civil defense purposes four times as great as those appropriated in fiscal year 1960.

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  • Civil Defense

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