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Congressional Hearing in Youngstown, OH

Description

News release announcing a Congressional hearing in Youngstown to examine the federal anti-inflation fight and the impact of inflation on consumers

Subject

Rosenthal, Benjamin S.
Anti-inflationary policies
Consumer protection

Creator

United States. Congress (96th, 2nd session : 1980). House

Source

Benjamin Rosenthal Collection

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1979-06-13

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English

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Text

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Youngstown (Ohio)
Washington (D.C.)

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NINETY-SIXTH CONGRESS
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT

NEWS RELEASE

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT COMMERCE, CONSUMER AND MONETARY AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE - 225-4407

HEARING

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING IN YOUNGSTOWN TO EXAMINE FEDERAL ANTI-INFLATION FIGHT AND IMPACT OF INFLATION ON CONSUMERS

WASHINGTON, June 13. -- Congressman Benjamin S. Rosenthal (D-NY) today announced that the Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives, will hold hearings in Youngstown, Ohio on June 18 "to hear from consumers about the impact of inflation on their lives and to measure the effectiveness of government efforts to hold down the rapidly rising cost of living." The hearing is part of a series of regional hearings by the subcommittee on inflation.
The Youngstown hearing will be held on June 18, 1979, beginning at 10 AM, in the Federal District Court Room, Old Post Office Building, 9 West Front Street.
Chairman Rosenthal urged the general public to attend the hearing and said the subcommittee was anxious to hear testimony from as many private citizens as time allowed, on how they are coping with inflation. "The hearings," he continued, "are designed to give the Congress and the Administration a first-hand view of the effects of inflation on the daily life of the American consumer. We want to hear from the people, not just the politicians and economists. We want to find out what various groups are doing to monitor prices or otherwise fight inflation. We want to measure the adequacy of federal, state and local efforts to combat inflation. We will examine the role assigned to state and local government by the Council on Wage and Price Stability and the recently announced citizens' campaign which will recruit consumers to monitor prices.
In addition to private citizens, the elderly, labor and business groups, representatives of state and local government will testify. The subcommittee has oversight jurisdiction for the operations and activities of those federal agencies concerned with inflation, including the Council on Wage and Price Stability (COWPS), the President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Trade Commission.
A member of the subcommittee, Congressman Lyle Williams of the 19th Congressional District of Ohio, stated that "We want to determine what the Federal government must do at every level to protect consumers and to combat an inflation rate that is now threatening the financial survival of every American family."
Chairman Rosenthal said that three days of hearings by his oversight subcommittee in February raised serious concerns that "the Administration's voluntary anti-inflation program is failing. The most inflationary sectors of our economy -- energy, food, interest rates and medical costs -- are excluded from the anti-inflation guidelines and COWPS has insufficient manpower resources to effectively monitor price increases."
Upon completion of the hearings, a report will be made available promptly to the President and the Congress on the successes and failures of the anti-inflation program, Rosenthal announced. Other cities visited or to be visited by the subcommittee are:

May 3 Dallas
May 4 San Francisco
May 5 Sacramento
May 7 Detroit
May 11 Chicago
May 18 New York City
June 25 Atlanta

Witnesses scheduled to testify include:
MARLIN D. FORD - President, United Auto Workers Local 1112, Warren
FRANK LESENGANICH - Director, United Steel Workers of America, District 26, Youngstown
JOHN PALERMO - Chairman, Mahoning County Board of Commissioners, Youngstown
ROBERT CHRISTIAN - Director, Youngstown Area Community Action Council
WILLIAM LYDEN - President, Building Trades Council, Youngstown
ROBERTA GRAHAM - Director, S.C.O.P.E., Inc., Warren (Sr. Citizens)
MARTHA MURPHY - Director, Area Agency on Aging, Youngstown
JACK C. HUNTER - Vice President, Mahoning National Bank, Youngstown
WESTON JOHNSTONE - Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce
JACK BURTCH - Chairman, Legislative Committee, Warren Area Chamber of Commerce
REPRESENTATIVE - Teamsters, Chauffers, and Warehousemen and Helpers Local #377, Youngstown
WILLIAM D. KEIP - Director, Office of Budget and Management, State of Ohio, Columbus

The members of the Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee are:

Benjamin S. Rosenthal (NY) Chairman

Democrats

Robert T. Matsui (CALIF)
Eugene V. Atkinson (PA)
Fernand J. St Germain (RI)
John Conyers, Jr. (MICH)
Elliott H. Levitas (GA)
Jack Brooks (TEX) Ex officio

Republicans

Lyle Williams (OHIO)
Jim Jeffries (KANS)
Joel Deckard (IND)
Frank Horton (NY) Ex officio

Original Format

Paper
Press release
8.5 x 14 inches (216 x 356 mm)

Citation

United States. Congress (96th, 2nd session : 1980). House, “Congressional Hearing in Youngstown, OH,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed November 24, 2017, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/queenscollege/items/show/427.