247. Editorial Note

The Senate passed the Mutual Security appropriations bill, H.R. 8385, September 14. On the following day, House and Senate conferees reported a compromise version of the bill which appropriated $704,182,000 less than President Eisenhower had originally requested. Among the bill’s provisions were a requirement that the President submit a report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the allotment of funds provided by H.R. 8385 and a prohibition on the expenditure of Mutual Security funds, except those for military assistance, should the International Cooperation Administration fail to furnish within 35 days documents requested by the Congress or the General Accounting Office, unless the President forbade their disclosure. (H. Rept. 1190, Eighty-sixth Congress, First Session)

The Senate adopted the compromise bill by voice vote early on September 15, the House by roll call vote the same day. H.R. 8385 thus became P.L. 86–383, the Mutual Security Appropriation Act, 1960, which provided $3,225,813,000 for the Mutual Security Program in fiscal year 1960. Eisenhower signed P.L. 86–383 on September 28. For text, see American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1959, pages 1669–1673.