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Editorial Note on Army Legislation
By the time the first session of the Seventy-sixth Congress adjourned on August 5, the War Department’s Budget and Legislative Planning Branch had assisted with the passage of the regular War Department Appropriation Act for 1940 ($508,723,344), a Supplemental Military Appropriation Act ($223,398,047), the War Department Civil Appropriation Act ($305,188,514), and three deficiency appropriation bills (totaling $82,682,776) which together with some minor bills amounted to $1,100, 000,000 or 8.4 percent of the total federal budget. (Treasury Department, Digest of Appropriations, 1940 [Washington: GPO, 1939], pp. 706, 781.)
Other legislation of importance to the army included bills to authorize the acquisition of “strategic and crucial” raw materials, to procure confidential aircraft instruments and parts, to authorize the sale of aviation supplies to foreign nations, to improve medical care for servicemen, to establish the rank of lieutenant general, and to enlarge the General Staff Corps. (A summary of service legislation is in the Army and Navy Journal, August 12, 1939, p. 1194.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 38-39.