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observed that both officers deem it highly desirable that the United States should take part in the conference and that for this purpose an appropriation of $15,000 should be made.
In view of the laudable aims inspiring the invitation from the Government of Brazil, the possibility of valuable economic and trade development as a result of the improvement of highways and the cordial and unstinted support which this movement has received from business men in this country, it is believed that this Government should be represented at the forthcoming conference and still continue to encourage this important enterprise. The undersigned, the Secretary of State, has the honor, therefore, to recommend that the Congress be asked to enact legislation authorizing an appropriation of $15,000 for the expenses of delegates of the United States to the Second Pan American Conference on Highways to be held at the city of Rio de Janeiro in the calendar year 1927.
A copy of a letter from the Director of the Bureau of the Budget stating that the request is not in conflict with the financial program of the President, is herewith inclosed. Respectfully submitted.
FRANK B. KELLOGG.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,
Washington, December 8, 1986. The SECRETARY OF STATE,
Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: I have received your letter of December 4, with which you inclose a copy of a note from the ambassador of Brazil extending an invitation by direction of his government to the United States to be represented at the Second Pan American Conference on Highways to be held in Rio de Janeiro in July, 1927, and in which you ask for an expression of the views and wishes of this department.
I believe it would be highly desirable for this country to be represented at the conference referred to in your letter. I am familiar with the plans and aims of this and the First Pan American Conference on Highways which was held in Buenos Aires in October, 1925, and this department in conjunction with the State Department and the Department of Agriculture has given assistance in many ways in promoting the plans growing out of the first conference.
In preparation for the first conference a group of some 37 of the leading highway engineers from 19 of the Pan American countries were brought to this country in June, 1924, through the assistance of the automotive industry and the road machinery and fuel groups who contributed the funds to defray the expenses. These engineers were given full opportunity of observing the construction and use of American highways in all phases and of the development of motor transportation, and later most of them attended the first conference on highways held in Buenos Aires. This Government was represented by official delegates at that conference.
At the first conference held in Buenos Aires plans were inaugurated and are now being extensively carried out for the promotion of highway education and the development of highway construction and motor transportation in the Pan American States. A voluntary organization has been formed, known as the Pan American Confederation for Highway Education, through which these efforts are being directed. The same private groups who furnished the funds to bring the Pan American engineers to this country are financing the project, and it is receiving the support of this department, the Department of State, and the Department of Agriculture. The Pan American Union has also given cordial support and assistance in carrying out this project since its inception. The movement is predicated upon the desire to give helpful assistance to the Pan American States in developing motor transportation and making possible its mapy and valuable economic advantages. The development of modern highways and the use of motor transportation implies an economic gain and a large benefit in actual trade for the countries involved which will increase from year to year with the development of such transportation.
In view of the cordial and unstinted support this important movement has received from the industries named and from business men in this country and the possibilities of valuable economic and trade development, I believe this Government should be represented at the conference to be held in Rio de Janerio and should continue to encourage this important enterprise. I am informed that the expense of sending delegates in this instance would be covered by an appropriation of $15,000, and suggest that this sum be sought for the purpose. Very truly yours,
J. WALTER DRAKE, Acting Secretary of Commerce.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
Washington, December 11, 1926. The SECRETARY OF STATE.
MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your letter of December 4, file No. A-W/515.4 D 2/- —
The invitation extended by direction of the Government of Brazil is in accordance with the informal invitation, extended by the delegates representing Brazil, to the First Pan American Congress of Highways to hold the second meeting of that body in Brazil in 1927.
This department was very much interested in the first conference and was represented in the official delegation on the part of the United States by the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads. It is the judgment of this department that the invitation of the Government of Brazil offers an opportunity to further helpful and worth-while contacts with the Republics of Brazil, Central and South America. I very much hope therefore that the United States will accept the invitation and will be represented at this conference.
Thanking you for the courtesy of permitting this expression of opinion on the part of this department, I am, Yours very sincerely,
W. M. JARDINE, Secretary.
BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,
Washington, January 6, 1927. The SECRETARY OF STATE.
MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: I have your letter of December 29, 1926, inclosing copy of a proposed report to the President recommending that Congress be requested to authorize an appropriation of $15,000 for the purpose of participation by the United States by official delegates in the Second Pan American Conference on Highways to be held in Rio de Janeiro in July, 1927, and requesting that I indicate whether the action proposed in the report is in harmony with the financial policy of the President.
In reply I have to advise you that the proposed request for legislation authorizing an appropriation of $15,000 for the purpose stated is not in conflict with the financial program of the President. Sincerely yours,
H. M. LORD, Director.
THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1927
DECEMBER 12, 1927.-Referred to the Committee on Agriculture and
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