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TO PROVIDE FOR SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES
AT TEXAS CITY, TEX., ON APRIL 16 AND 17, 1947
MAY 11 AND JUNE 8, 1955
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
Serial No. 23
WASHINGTON : 1956
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman
KENNETH B. KEATING, New York
WILLIAM M. MCCULLOCH, Ohio,
RUTH THOMPSON, Michigan
PATRICK J. HILLINGS, California
SHEPARD J. CRUMPACKER, JR., Indiana
WILLIAM E. MILLER, New York
USHER L. BURDICK, North Dakota
LAURENCE CURTIS, Massachusetts
DEWITT S. HYDE, Maryland
RICHARD H. POFF, Virginia
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
BESS E. Dick, Staff Director
WALTER R. LEE, Legislative Assistant
SUBCOMMITTEE No. 2
THOMAS J. LANE, Massachusetts, Chairman
WILLIAM E. MILLER, New York
CHAUNCEY W. REED, Illinois
DEWITT S. HYDE,1 Maryland
CYRIL F. BRICKFIELD, Counsel
1 Mr. Hyde served as a member of the special subcommittee which made an investigation
Leachman, Neth L., attorney, Dallas, Tex.
8, 26, 73
, Russel H., attorney, Markwell, Stubbs & Decker, Galves-
Connally, Ben C., United States district judge, Houston, Tex., letter,
Leiter, June 16, 1955, to Hon. Thomas J. Lane.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, memorandum re statutory relief
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., memorandum re Texas City Disaster
Statement of limitations for damages for death.---
TEXAS CITY CLAIMS ACT
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1955
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a. m. in room 346, Old House Office Building, the Honorable Thomas J. Lane, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding.
Present: The Honoral.le Messrs. Thomas J. Lane, E. L. Forrester, Harold D. Donohue, Charles A. Boyle, William E. Miller of New York, and Usher L. Burdick.
Also present: Cyril F. Brickfield, counsel, Walter R. Lee, legislative assistant.
Mr. LANE. The subcommittee will be kind enough to come to order.
This committee has under consideration this morning H. R. 4045 filed by Mr. Thompson of Texas, a bill to provide for settlement of claims for damages resulting from the disaster which occurred at Texas City, Tex., on April 16 and 17, 1947.
(H. R. 4045 is as follows:)
(H. R. 4045, 84th Cong., 1st sess. ]
A BILL To provide for settlement of claims for damages resulting from the disaster
which occurred at Texas City, Texas, on April 16 and 17, 1947 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “Texas City Claims Act".
SEC. 2. (a) There is hereby established a commission to be known as the Texas City Claims Commission (referred to in this Act as the “Commission”), which shall be composed of three members to be appointed by the President. The President shall designate the member of the Commission who shall be the chairman thereof.
(b) Two members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum.
(c) The members of the Commission shall each receive $50 per diem when engaged in the actual performance of duties vested in the Commission, plus reimbursement for travel, subsistence, and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of such duties.
(d) The Commission shall have the power, without regard to the provisions of the civil-service laws and the Classification Act of 1949, as amended, to appoint and fix the compensation of such personnel as it deems necessary for the purposes of the performance of its duties, and the appropriations therefor are hereby authorized.
(e) Service of an individual as a member of the Commission or employment of an individual by the Commission shall not be considered to be service or employment bringing such individual within the provisions of sections 281, 283, 284, 434, or 1914 of title 18 of the United States Code, or section 190 of the Revised Statutes (5 U. S. C. 99).
Sec. 3. (a) The Commission shall receive, investigate, and allow claims against the United States for damages sustained by individuals, firms, companies, associations, and corporations as a result of the disaster at Texas City, Texas, on