Editorial Note

President Truman on June 26, 1948, signed HR 6556, the Trade Agreements Extension Act of 1948 (62 Stat. 1053) which continued the program for one year and contained provisions which the President felt would “hamper and obstruct the negotiation of new agreements”. For the text of President Truman’s statement, see: Public Papers of the Presidents: Harry S. Truman: 1948 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1964), pages 385–386. On October 5, 1948, the President signed an executive order prescribing revised procedures for administering the trade agreements program. For text see: Department of State Bulletin, October 17, 1948, pages 502–503.