Editorial Note

On January 15, 1951, President Truman transmitted the annual budget message to Congress (Fiscal Year 1952). In this communication, [Page 270]he stated his intention to request appropriations of $9.7 billion for foreign economic and military assistance, primarily to the North Atlantic Treaty area. The bulk of this assistance would be in the form of military equipment and supplies, but economic aid in support of the Western European military build-up and technical assistance to non-European areas were also included in the overall foreign assistance program outlined by the President. For text of the message, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1951 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1965), pages 61–106. The message and the budget document are published in House Document 17 (82d Cong., 1st sess.).