The High Cost of Ships

Fagen, Melvin M.; Post, Benjamin
January 1941
New Republic;1/6/41, Vol. 104 Issue 1, p10
Reports that the U.S. Congress has authorized the Navy to expand its fighting fleet. Conferral of an additional sum of $76,000,000 to private firms by the Navy to increase their output with government-owned facilities; Orders of one billion dollars gained by naval contractor Bethlehem Steel Co.; Rise in costs of battleships attributed to the rise in cost of labor; Lack of improvements in the performance standards of U.S. warships; Cost to manufacture the battleship South Dakota; Violation of the Navy Department's policy of national defense by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson when he produced a bill for the expenditure of only $27,000,000 to expand the navy yards; Repeal of all laws that provide for the payment of the prevailing wage on naval construction projects in the industry.


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