Letter to the President of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House Transmitting Draft of National Security Act.
On January 17, 1947, I informed you that representatives of my office and of the armed services were engaged in drafting a bill to be submitted to the Congress for its consideration concerning a plan of unification. This draft, entitled "National Security Act of 1947", has now been completed and I am enclosing herewith a copy of it.
This proposed bill has the approval of the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It is my belief that this suggested legislation accomplishes the desired unification of the services and I heartily recommend its enactment by the Congress.
Very sincerely yours,
HARRY S. TRUMAN
Note: This is the text of identical letters addressed to the Honorable Arthur H. Vandenberg, President pro tempore of the Senate, and to the Honorable Joseph W. Martin, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives. The text of the draft bill was released with the President's letter.
On July 26 the President approved the National Security Act of 1947 (61 Stat. 495).
Harry S. Truman, Letter to the President of the Senate and to the Speaker of the House Transmitting Draft of National Security Act. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/232731