The Chargé in the Dominican Republic ( Stafford ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 8:05 p.m.]
65. For Bundy [from Schoenfeld]. Department’s telegram 31, September 3, 6 p.m. Dunn today consulted me on behalf of the President of the Republic as to propriety of promulgation of the enabling act passed by Dominican Congress early September authorizing issue of 25 millions copy of which was transmitted with Legation’s despatch No. 480, September 3.33 This law was amended as reported in Legation despatch number 488, September 17.33 The law has been passed by Congress but not officially signed and promulgated. I see no objection to its promulgation as only alternative course now possible would be a Presidential veto which is described by Dunn as politically inexpedient. If the law is promulgated as of the September date when it first reached the President no substantial alteration in the situation will be occasioned and our discussions can proceed in a normal atmosphere. As will be seen from the last article [Page 120] of the law any action taken under it is expressly subject to agreement with us. I stated to Dunn that I see no objection to the promulgation. Signed, Schoenfeld.