Public Papers of Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933

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Author: Herbert Hoover  | Date: October 24, 1932

349
Letter to the Chairman of the United States Tariff Commission Requesting an Investigation of Certain Tariff Schedules.
October 24, 1932

My dear Mr. O’Brien:

In extension of my recent verbal instruction as to the necessity for investigation of certain tariff schedules due to depreciation of currencies in foreign countries, I enclose herewith a list furnished me by the Department of Commerce of industries and localities where there has been actual increase of unemployment or alternatively where it is inevitable that it will increase from importations arising out of this cause unless they be halted.

You recognize that currencies in thirty countries have now depreciated from 5 to 55%, which has reduced the standards of living in those countries and greatly widened the difference in cost of production between the United States and those localities.

I would therefore be obliged if the Tariff Commission would expedite this matter in order to afford all possible relief to unemployment in thesecommunities. I urge this expedition because of this possible retardation of increasing employment of our people. If it shall prove that the differences in cost of production between here and abroad in these industries have altered the basis of the tariff duties, I wish to receive recommendations of the Tariff Commission at the earliest possible moment.
Yours faithfully,
HERBERT HOOVER

[Hon. Robert L. O’Brien, United States Tariff Commission, Washington, D.C.]

NOTE: The list of cities whose industries were determined to be adversely affected by increased imports of competitive goods, released with the letter, is not printed but is available for examination at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

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Chicago: Herbert Hoover, "349 Letter to the Chairman of the United States Tariff Commission Requesting an Investigation of Certain Tariff Schedules.," Public Papers of Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1011 596. Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZWMI6X53XJWBL3.

MLA: Hoover, Herbert. "349 Letter to the Chairman of the United States Tariff Commission Requesting an Investigation of Certain Tariff Schedules." Public Papers of Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1011, page 596. Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZWMI6X53XJWBL3.

Harvard: Hoover, H, '349 Letter to the Chairman of the United States Tariff Commission Requesting an Investigation of Certain Tariff Schedules.' in Public Papers of Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Herbert Hoover, 1932-1933 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1011, pp.596. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZWMI6X53XJWBL3.