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NOMINATIONS OF DR. ANDREW F. BRIMMER
AND WILUAM W. SHERRILL
HEARING
BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON BANKING AND CURRENCY
UNITED STATES SENATE
EIGHTY-NINTH CONGRESS
SECOND SESSION
ON

THE NOMINATIONS OF
DR. ANDREW F. BRIMMER, TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD
OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
AND
WILLIAM W. SHERRILL, TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT
INSURANCE CORPORATION
MARCH 3, 1966
Printed for the use of the
Committee on Banking and Currency

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U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1960




COMMITTEE ON BANKING AND CURRENCY

A. WILLIS ROBERTSON, Virginia, Chairman
JOHN SPARKMAN, Alabama
WALLACE F. BENNETT, Utah
PAUL H. DOUGLAS, Illinois
JOHN G. TOWER, Texas
WILLIAM PROXMIRE, Wisconsin
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina
HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, Jr., New Jersey
BOURKE B. HICKENLOOPER, Iowa
EDMUND S. MUSKIE, Maine
EDWARD V. LONG, Missouri
MAURINE B. NEUBERGER, Oregon
THOMAS J. McINTYRE, New Hampshire
WALTER F. MONDALE, Minnesota




M a tth e w H a le , Chief of Staff
W o o d u e f T h o m as, Chief Economist
J o h n R . E v a n s, Minority Clerk

CONTENTS
WITNESSES
Brimmer, Dr. Andrew F., of Pennsylvania, nominee, to be a member of the Page
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System___________________
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Clark, Joseph S., U.S. Senator from the State of Pennsylvania__________
1
Sherrill, William W., of Texas, nominee, to be a member of the Board of
Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation______________
Tower, John G., U.S. Senator from the State of Texas__________________
Yarborough, Ralph W., U.S. Senator from the State of Texas___________
STATEMENT, LETTER, AND DATA
Biographical sketches:
Brimmer, Dr. Andrew F_______ ______ ___________________ ________
13
Sherrill, William W_____________________________________________
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Muskie, Edmund S., U.S. Senator from the State of Maine: Letter endors­
ing the nominees. ..............— --------------------------------------------- -------------2
Tower, John G., U.S. Senator from the State of Texas: Prepared state­
ment--------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------- -------4
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NOMINATION OF DR. ANDREW F. BRIMMER TO BE A
MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE
FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM AND THE NOMINATION
OF WILLIAM W. SHERRILL TO BE A MEMBER OF THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT
INSURANCE CORPORATION
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1966

U.S. S e n a t e ,
C o m m it t e e o n B a n k i n g a n d C u r r e n c y ,

Washington, D.C.
The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10:30 a.m., in room 5302,
New Senate Office Building, Senator A. Willis Robertson, chairman,
presiding.
Present: Senators Robertson, Sparkman, Douglas, Proxmire, Neuberger, Bennett, Tower, and Thurmond.
The C h a i r m a n . The committee will please come to order.
The meeting has been called this morning to act on several nomina­
tions. The first one we will consider is to fill a vacancy on the Federal
Reserve Board, the Honorable Andrew F. Brimmer, of Pennsylvania,
nominated to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System for a term of 14 years from February 1, 1966.
We are very happy and proud to see our distinguished colleague from
Pennsylvania, Senator Clark, taking Ids position at the witness table.
I assume that he is going to endorse this nomination and give us some
cogent reasons as to why we should vote to confirm him.
STATEMENT OF JOSEPH S. CLARK, U.S. SENATOR FROM THE
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA

Senator C l a r k . Mr. Chairman, it seems like old times to be back
here after the long and happy service I had under your chairmanship
while I was a member of this committee.
I am very pleased to introduce Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer. I am sure
that many of the members of the committee are familiar with his
his work as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs.
I believe he was confirmed by the Commerce Committee, and he has
been serving in that capacity since his confirmation by the Senate in
March of 1965.
In that job he has been in charge of the Bureau of the Census and
the Office of Business Economics.
Dr. Brimmer has had an extraordinary educational career in the
field of money and banking. He received his M.A. from the Uni


versity of Washington in Seattle where lie graduated in March of 1950,
almost 16 years ago. He then went to India on a Fulbright scholarship
and did research on the economic development of underdeveloped
countries at the Delhi School of Economics, at the University of
Delhi, and at the University of Bombay.
He then came back to this country and went to Harvard’s Littauer
School of Public Administration, as well as to the graduate school of
arts and sciences. He also did research at M IT in the center for
international studies. D u r i n g that period he was teaching courses,
to help him get along in his Pli. D. studies at Harvard in money and
banking and principles of economics.
He got his Ph. D. at Harvard in 1957, submitting a dissertation
entitled “Monetary Policy, Interest Rates, and the Investment Be­
havior of Life Insurance Companies.” And then subsequently he wrote
a book, “Life Insurance Companies in the Capital M arket,” which
was published by tlie Michigan State University Press.
Beginning in 1955, he worked in the research department of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York for 3 years and for them he
traveled to Khartoum, Sudan, as adviser to the Sudan’s Government
on the setting up of a Sudanese central bank.
He taught at Michigan State for 3 years in money and banking,
195S to 1961, and then joined the faculty of the University of Penn­
sylvania, which is why I am here. He is presently a resident and
voter in Pennsylvania.
While lie was at the Wharton School, which I think is recognized
as one of our great financial undergraduate and graduate schools, he
taught economic analysis and public policy to graduate students. He
then got a leave of absence from Pennsylvania and came down here
to Washington first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for
Economic Affairs and he was promoted to Assistant Secretary a little
over a year ago.
I think this recitation of his career is an adequate summary of his
qualifications.
I am happy to commend to the committee a fellow Pennsylvanian.
The C h a i r m a n . Senator, we appreciate your appearing before us.
You certainly have given your constituent a fine recommendation
which will not go unnoticed by our committee.
We have a letter from Senator Muskie endorsing both the nominees
which will be placed in the record at this point.
(The letter follows:)
U.S. S e n a t e ,
C o m m i t t e e o n B a n k i n g a n d CuititENCY,
M a rch

1 , 1066 .

Hon. A. W i l l i s R o b e r t s o n ,
Chairman, Hanking and Currency Committee,
U.S. Senate Washington, D.C.
D e a r Mu. C h a i r m a n : I mn very sorry that because of a Presidential mission
I will not be able to attend the meeting of the Banking and Currency Committee
tomorrow to participate in the executive session on the nominations of Andrew F.
Brimmer to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board and William W. Sherrill
to be a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission. This letter
constitutes my proxy to you to vote for confirmation of both nominations.
I believe that both nominations are in the highest tradition of Presidential
selections. I am impressed by Mr. Brimmer’s work as Assistant Secretary of
Commerce and as a responsible and objective economist. I am certain that he
will make a substantial contribution to the Federal Reserve Board.
Mr. Sherrill has a unique and broad range of experience w'ith financial institu­
tions. Because of that experience and his energy and imagination I am certain

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that ho will bo a splendid addition to the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit
Insurance Commission.
Sincerely,
E d m u n d S. M c s k i e ,
U.S. Senator.

The C h a i r m a n . All of us these days tire crowded with man}’
missions. I have been testifying before a Commission that is planning
a memorial to Woodrow Wilson. At present I have representatives
from the American Legion in my office who want me to be identified as
a soldier in World War I, which I never deny.
We have another colleague here, the distinguished Senator from
Texas, Senator Yarborough, and he has a fine candidate from Texas
to tell us about. We don't normally break in on one nomination to
hear the second one, but you know tlie courtesy we do our colleagues,
and you have to recognize that we are all under pressure these days.
So I will now invite Senator Yarborough and Senator Tower to tell us
about the fine points of this nominee, William W. Sherrill, of Texas,
to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit In­
surance Corporation for a term of 6 years.
Members of the committee may have some questions ef Dr. Brimmer
later, and maybe for Mr. Sherrill.
We have two Senators here from Texas. You are well endorsed.
I will ask Senator Sparkman to take over. If T can come back soon
I will relieve him. He has to hear testimony before the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee about what is happening in Vietnam.
STATEMENT OF RALPH W. YARBOROUGH, U.S. SENATOR FROM
THE STATE OF TEXAS

Senator Y a r b o r o u g h . Mr. Chairman, we greatly appreciate this
courtesy and thank Dr. Brimmer for allowing us to interrupt his
examination.
I have been called twice to another committee, at which meeting I
am supposed to be. I am glad to have the honor of being here with
my colleague from Texas to present jointly with him this very capable
man who has been nominated by the President for the position as a
member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation; that is, Mr. William Sherrill, of Houston, Tex.
He has the necessary academic qualifications, business experience,
and knowledge of banking and currency matters to be well qualified
for this appointment.
He has been long active in civic affairs in Houston, well educated
with a bachelor of business degree in education with honors from the
University of Houston, and a master of business with distinction in
finance from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
He was a marine, wounded in combat on I wo Jim a. He has served
as administrator of the city court system, as administrative officer of
the city of Houston, city treasurer of the city of Houston, up to 1962,
and is now president of the Homestead Bank of Houston, Tex.
He has had wide governmental experience and financial experience
also.
Senator S p a r k m a n (presiding). Thank you.
Senator T o w e r ?



STATEMENT OF JOHN G. TOWER, U.S. SENATOR FROM THE STATE
OF TEXAS

Senator T o w e r . Mr. Chairman, I am delighted to join my disting­
uished colleague in the Senate in recommending favorable considera­
tion of Mr. Sherrill to this committee. I would like to ask consent to
place my statement in the record. And I would like to ask that a.
iographical sketch of Mr. Sherrill be made a part of the record.
!
Senator S pa r k m a x . Without objection.
Senator T o w e r . Mr. Sherrill has been one of the outstanding
citizens of Houston. Not only in banking but in civic work. His
banking background and experience is an excellent recommendation
for this job. I am delighted to present him to the committee.
(Senator Tower’s prepared statement and the biographical sketch
of Mr. Sherrill follow:)
o f J o h n G. T o w e r , U.S. S e n a t o r F r o m t h e S t a t e o f T e x a s
Mr. Chairman, I am certainly pleased to welcome and support the nomination
of William W. Sherrill, a fellow Texan, to be a member of the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation Board.
Mr. Sherrill not only has a fine academic background, but also a background of
practical banking and business experience.
He has served as president of one of Houston’s fine suburban area banks,
following several successful years in various important capacities in the city
government of Houston. Mr. Sherrili's civic and community efforts are also
noteworthy.
1
As I have said, Mr. Chairman, Bill Sherrill brings with him practical experience
which I feel will be most valuable to the FDIC.
I have thought for some time, Mr. Chairman, that academic accomplishments
are emphasized too much in nominations of this nature. Thus I am most pleased
to endorse this nomination of William Sherrill, who combines both the academic
and the practical backgrounds.

Statement

B io g r a p h ic D ata

on

W il l ia m W . S h e r r il l

Date of birth: August 23, 1926.
Residence: Houston, Tex.
Former positions held: President, Homestead Bunk Houston, Tex.; executive
vice president, Jamaica Corp., Houston, Tex.
Education: 1950-52. Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration;
MBA degree with distinction in finance; 1946-50, University of Houston, BBA
degree with honors.
Previous experience: 1958-62, eity treasurer, chief administrative officer,
executive assistant to mayor, city of Houston; 1956-58, business analyst and
mil (‘state development; 1954-56, administrator of city court system, administra­
tive officer of civil defense department, city of Houston; 1947-54, Southwestern
Bell Telephone Co., commercial department unit manager.
Military Service: U.S. Marine Corps, 1941*46, Purple Heart, gunshot wound
Iwo Jima.
Also: Boy Scouts of America, organization and extension committee; Young
Men’s Christian Association, youth activities committee; A. F. & A. M., Holland
Lodge No. 1; University of Houston, advisory committee to faculty of political
science department; alumni association, treasurer and director; outstanding alum­
nus award, 1955; St. Marks Episcopal Church.

Senator S p a r k m a x . Thank you, Senator Tower.
1 agree with the statement made by the chairman, that you are well
represented here by both Senators, on a bipartisan or nonpartisan
basis, whatever you wish to call it.
Do you have a statement that you wish to make, or would you
rather have the committee ask questions?



STATEMENT OF WILLIAM W. SHERRILL, NOMINEE

Mr. S h er r il l . I would prefer to have the committee ask questions.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Douglas?
Senator D o ug las . I have no questions.
Senator S pa r k m a n . Senator Bennett?
Senator B e n n e t t . Mr. Sherrill, I appreciate the fact that you called
on me yesterday. Just for the record, 1 would like to repeat one
question I raised yesterday.
You are prepared as a new member of the FDIC, at least as you
begin your activities, to carry out the policies that were instituted
when 5lr. Barr and Mr. Randall joined that Commission?
Mr. S h e r r il l . It certainly appears they have done an outstanding
job, Senator, and I will definitely bring openmindedness to the board
and will try to perforin in the best possible way in the public interest.
Senator B e n n e t t . That is the only question I have.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Proxmire?
Senator P r o x m ir e . Will we question Dr. Brimmer later?
Senator S pa r k m a n . Yes. I am sorry, but I think we can finish
very quickly with Mr. Sherrill.
Senator P r o x m ir e . I have no questions. I think this is an excellent
nomination. I am delighted to see that you are an M.B.A. graduate
of Harvard, with finance as your major. This was also mjr field. It
eminently qualifies you.
Mr. S h er r il l . Thank you, Senator.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Thurmond?
Senator T h u r m o n d . Mr. Chairman, Mr. Sherrill appears well
qualified, and I have no questions.
Mr. S h er ril l . Thank you, Senator.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Let me ask a question. Your coming into the
FD1C fills it up; doesn't it?
Mr. S h er r il l . Yes, sir.
Senator S p a r k m a n . We have had a long gap there; haven't we?
Mr. S h er r il l . Yes, sir.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Ever since Mr. Barr went over to the Treasury.
Mr. S h er r il l . That is correct.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Do you subscribe to the present policies of the
FDIC?
Mr. S h er r il l . I am afraid, Mr. Chairman-----Senator S pa r k m a n . A little too broad-----Mr. S h e r r il l . I haven't reviewed them in detail. But I definitely
will get into them very quickly and I will do my best to see that what­
ever my actions are, "they will be in the public interest and they will
be ones that you and the committee will be proud of.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Let me ask a question which probably has no
bearing on your qualifications. You came by my office, and I am
sorry that I was out at the time. There was a notation on the notice
of the visit saving that you were a cousin of a very good friend of
mine from Alabama.
Mr. S h e r r il l . Yes, sir.

Senator S p ark m an . D o you have an Alabama background?
Mr. S h e r r i l l . No, sir. The cousins in Alabama have been there
since my father’s sister moved to Alabama some years back.
Senator S p ark m an . Any further questions?
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Senator P r o x m i r e . Could I just ask: You were president of the
Homestead Bank in Houston, Tex. I assume that you have completely
severed your connections and have filed with the committee any
statement of your holdings?
Mr. S h e r r i l l . I have submitted my resignation to the bank as
president and a member of the board of directors. I have arranged
for the sale of my bank stock, all except a small part that was acquired
recently, and it will be necessary to hold it for 6 months.
I am arranging an irrevocable trust for the children for that share
of the bank stock and it will be disposed of at the termination of the
6-month period. I have shown counsel the trust instrument and will
show him the final instrument prior to being sworn in.
Senator P r o x m i r e . You have no other financial holdings?
Mr. S h e r r i l l . Xo, sir. I have sold almost all of my bank stock
and will place the remainder of the bank stock in trust so there can
be no possible conflict. I will furnish counsel with my statement of
holdings.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Thank you very much, Mr. Sherrill, and
Senator Yarborough.
Senator Tower, you are a member of this committee; do you have
any questions?
Senator T o w e r . No questions. Thank you very much.
Senator S p a r k m a x . Dr. Brimmer, will you come back, please.
Senator Douglas?
Senator D o u g l a s . I think Dr. Brimmer is extraordinarily well
qualified for this position. If you look at his biographical material
you will see that he has an extraordinary academic preparation and
that he has had a lot of practical experience as well. I don’t know of
any appointment made to the Federal Reserve Board in which the
nominee had more technical competence than Dr. Brimmer.
For some time he has been in the Department of Commerce as
Deputy Assistant Secretary and as Assistant Secretary for Economic
Affairs. I have watched his work there and have met him before. I
have been impressed with his knowledge, his accuracy, and with his
temperate and guarded statements.
I am not going to ask him questions as to whether he is an ex­
pansionist or a contractionist, or whether he is modern or antimodern.
But I can say that in my judgment he will be a competent member of
the Federal Reserve Board and devoted to the public interest. I
think the country has reason to be proud of this appointment.
STATEMENT OF DR. ANDREW F. BRIMMER, NOMINEE

Dr. B r i m m e r . Thank you, Senator.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Bennett?
Senator B e n n e t t . Mr. Chairman, we on this committee remember
Dr. Brimmer. He has been before us in his responsibilities in the
Commerce Department affecting our balance-of-payments problem.
I congratulate him on getting away from that one because it is still a
problem.
Mr. B r i m m e r . Thank y o u , sir.
Senator B e n n e t t . Of course you realize, Dr. Brimmer, that under
the circumstances in which you go into the Federal Reserve Board, you
are going to be very much in the public eye. Any mistake the Board



makes will probably be blamed on you, on the theory that there is a
balancing force there now, and either way you move you are going to
make somebody angry. So I am sure you are going to be cautious
and careful in the decisions that you will make in this sensitive position.
I am very happy to vote for your confirmation.
Dr. B r i m m e r . Thank you very much, Senator Bennett.
Senator S p a r k m a x . Senator Proxmire?
Senator P r o x m i r e . Dr. Brimmer, you are eminently qualified and
you have had this fine background in monetary policies. 1 would
like to ask you a few brief questions.
In determining your position on monetary policy, could you give
us an idea of what weight you would give these considerations: (lie
level of interest rates; Government fiscal policy; that is, whether it
seemed to be contracting or expanding the economy; the attitude
expressed by the President and the Secretary of the Treasury; the
level of employment and plant capacity; the effect on Government
financing and the balance-of-payments situation.
I know this is a very comprehensive question that you could talk
endlessly on. Could you give us some notion of your views in this
area?
Dr. B r i m m e r . I will be glad to do that, Senator. Before I do,
let me apologize to the committee for my failure to put in the hands
of the committee counsel another statement on my financial situation.
The announcement of my appointment came so fast I haven’t
been able to do that. I will be glad to do that.
I should say, however, that a year ago I placed such a statement
in the hands of the Commerce Committee of the Senate, and the cir­
cumstances as described there are unchanged. But I will amend it
to keep in tune with the committee’s practices. I apologize to the
committee.
Senator Proxmire, I would like to say that the agenda you described
is the agenda which would clearly have to he before the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve System. I would want to partic­
ipate, if you confirm my nomination, in all the Board's activities.
I don’t hesitate to say that at any particular time I would not want
to have a slide rule on which I would assign certain weights to any
one of the variables you described and say that that weight is to
remain fixed.
I would like to feel that as a member of the Board I was a member
of a system, a group of men whose duties are to influence the cost
and availability of credit and to do it within the framework of the
general economic policy of the country.
I would certainly feel that as a member of the Federal Reserve
I would be expected and would want to exercise the greatest degree
of discretion and independence of judgment. By this I would mean
independence of judgment and discretion within the framework of
the Federal Government.
I would like to look upon the Federal Reserve, and I hope I won't
do too much injustice and won’t appear presumptuous to say that in
some sense there may be a close parallel between the duties of the
members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
and the members of a court, in which the court is clearly a part of the



Federal Government structure. I wouldn't visualize this as the
Supreme Court, but I would simply say “a court.”
I would certainly want to look at the entire framework. It was my
impression, while I was in the Federal Reserve as a staff member of
the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, it was clearly my impression
that the members of the Board of Governors give great weight to
economic intelligence, and they give great weight to informed opinions
of Government officials as well as of private citizens in the formulation
of their views.
It is also my impression that the Federal Reserve Board is fully
committed to the maintenance of high levels of employment and that
it is fully committed to fighting any kind of aberrations in the private
enterprise system insofar as the instruments of monetary policy can
contribute to the stabilization and growth of the economy. Included
in this source of information, opinions, and consultation would be all
of the public officials you named.
I am of course unable to indicate, from where I have been so far,
the steps by which the various members of the Board do in fact sit
down and coordinate in detail with all the members of the Government
you described. It is my general impression that coordination has been
good and it has been improved, although this is hearsay and from a
distance.
I will do everything I can of course to contribute toward this
coordination. At the same time I would want to feel that I would
be capable of weighing each one of these considerations as they
would come along, with an open mind.
Senator P r o x m i r e . Y ou c:>me from a position involving close
experience and responsibility for our balance of payments. How
significant do you feel the level of interest rates is in our balance-ofpayments problem? As I understand it there is a division on the
part of the economic experts. Some say that interest differentials
are not very significant. Others say they are of great importance
and there are times when the balance of payments should be the
principal determining factor in monetary policy.
Dr. B r i m m e r . Senator, this is the kind of question which, as you
indicated, certainly does lead to attempts to classify people and to
render strong influence, weak influence, and so forth. I think interest
rates influence the balance of payments. They certainly influence
short-term capital movements. How much influence I cannot say.
I am familiar with various efforts to quantify that effect, to write
down a number showing how short-term funds respond to certain
percentage changes.
Senator P r o x m i r e . Are you familiar with any study which shows
that it has a significant effect? I am familiar with two studies which
show interest differentials have had no significant effect.
Dr. B r i m m e r . I am not familiar with the study that shows they
have significant effects. I haven't read the bibliography for quite
sometime now. But I M ould say that the evidence is mixed, and I
don't know—I am cautious, I wouldn't say that the evidence is so
strong from what evidence I have seen, recalling from some distance
in time now, whether they clearly demonstrated that interest rates
have no effect on capital movements. Neither do I recall studies
which show they have an effect which, for example, might be indicated
by a correlation coefficient of one. I think that there is some relation­



ship; I suspect there is some relationship between interest rates and
the movements of some components of the balance of payments.
And I think perhaps the most promising one would be short-term
funds.
Senator P r o x m i r e . You don’t come on the Board with the feeling
that having had this initimate and very responsible association with
the balance of payments that monetary policy should be primarily
determined on the basis of this one factor?
Dr. B r i m m e r . I certainly do not.
Senator P r o x m i r e . D o you feel that the domestic economy is of
generally greater significance?
Dr. B r i m m e r . I am sorry. W hat was the question?
Senator P r o x m i r e . Do you feel that the effect of monetary policy
on the domestic economy is generally of greater significance?
Dr. B r i m m e r . I certainly do, I certainly do.
Senator P r o x m i r e . D o you feel that it would be desirable for
you as a member of the Board of Governors to meet regularly with
the Council of Economic Advisers, with the Budget Bureau officials,
with the people from the Treasury Department? The testimony
we received in the Joint Economic Committee is that there is no formal
meeting, that Dr. Maisel, who has been on the Board for at least
6 months, has never met with any of these people; Mr. Martin meets
regularly, but that other members of the Board have no opportunity
to meet with them. Do you think it would be helpful to you if there
were some regular method by which you could exchange views?
Dr. B r i m m e r . Senator, I do recall that discussion before this
committee. I think today the so-called quadriad is meeting at
1 o’clock. Mr. Martin of course is among them. I haven’t been
long in the Government. I have been here just under 3 years and
I haven’t kept track of all the ways and means of contacts and
coordination.
I have found personally that as Assistant Secretary of Commerce
I have had access to the Council, to the Treasury, and to the Bureau
of the Budget. I wouldn’t necessarily have had access to the Chair­
man of the Council, nor the Director of the Bureau of the Budget
and Secretary of the Treasury and so on, or Chairman of the Federal
Reserve, as frequently as I would like.
I wouldn’t expect that. My counterparts, their assistants, equiva­
lent to Assistant Secretaries, I found I could reacli them.
As to the specific question as to whether the full Board should meet
with the other members of the institutions you described, it is a
question I would like to reserve judgment on. I don’t know. I do
not know the extent to which the Chairman meets and keeps in con­
tact with the other members of the Board, and whether that would be
sufficient. I would say it would be helpful if all of the Board members
make every effort to keep fully informed of the particular directions
and changes in basic economic policy and basic economic policy
proposals. The exact minimum for doing that I don’t know. I
haven’t been able to focus on it and I wouldn’t want to suggest at this
point that I have a specific recommendation on how to achieve it.
Senator P r o x m i r e . You would feel it desirable if you would have
an opportunity to know the views of the Council and the Treasury
Department and the Budget Bureau, and would also feel it desirable
that you have an opportunity to communicate your views to them?



This two-way aspect is most important. The Governors, some of
them at least, have indicated that there is no real opportunity for them
to have an influence on fiscal policy. They might oe very reluctant to
increase the discount rate or to tighten the reserve requirements or
to engage in market operations which would restrain the monetary
supply.
It is their view that the fiscal policy should be used more ener­
getically and there is no way they can express it. Mr. Martin has
the quadriad meetings but he is one of seven—one-seventh of the vote.
Dr. B rim m er . Again I would be in favor of increasing channels of
communication rather than reducing channels of communication.
Again, sir, if you don’t mind I wouldn't want to try to prescribe an
exact mechanism whereby each member of the Board and so on would
have access. I am just not enough familiar with the mechanics of
how they operate under the present circumstances.
Senator P ro x m ir e . Let me ask you a couple of other questions.
This is a delicate question, but it would be very helpful to me if I
get some idea from it.
Would you care to tell us what weight you would give the position,
the influence, the determination, of the Chairman of the Board with
regard to your own judgment? Would you give it decisive weight,
or would you simply give it careful consideration along with the views
of the President, along with the views of other interested and informed
persons?
Dr. B rim m er . Again, Senator Proxmire, I agree with you it is a
delicate question, but it is a question.
I would like to feel that I would be a member of an institution. I
would like to feel that I would personally want to hold myself open to
listen to comments and advice. But I wouldn't feel—and I am
certain the committee would appreciate this attitude if I succeed in
giving it—I wouldn't want to feel, and 1 wouldn’t want to give the
committee the impression, that 1 would be anybody’s man, if I
could put it quite so crudely.
I wouldn't want you to feel that I am joining a bloc of some kind,
or escaping from a bloc of some kind. I certainly wouldn't want to
do that.
I would like to feel that I would be able to exercise a genuine inde­
pendence of judgment.
Senator P r o x m ir e . One more question. I see that you have
written an article entitled “Financing the American Consumer."
1 would like to ask you if you feel there are other methods of restraining
demand besides monetary policy that the Federal Reserve Board
might consider, particularly the consideration of standby credit
controls, so that the President could reduce the period during which
installment payments might be made, to increase the downpayment
required, whether you think that would be a wise action for Congress
to take, to enable the President to have standby controls, not neces­
sarily to put them into effect?
Dr. B r im m er . Senator Proxmire, I did follow some of the discussion
in the mid-1950's, some of the Federal Reserve studies and some of
the others. At that time I came away feeling that in addition to the
general instruments of monetary policy, some of the so-called special­
ized instruments—such as controls regulating the maturity and other
terms of consumer credit—such as margin requirements for stocks



and so on, some of these specialized instruments of monetary policy
were desirable as well as the general instruments.
I do not recall having; come out saving that they should be ready
on the shelf in a kit, ready to be used at anv time possible. I haven’t
come back to that question until you asked me about it just today.
I would want to think carefully about this. Jt may very well
be that the conditions may develop where a kit would be a handy
thing to have. But 1 wouldn't want to approach the new duties
I might take on feeling that this is a commitment, one of the tilings
that I would want to push most.
I think if the opportunity were to arise, I would want to look at
the need.
First I do agree that they are desirable instruments, that they can
be helpful. As to whether they ought to be prepared in advance
and put on the shelf in a library and ready to use is something 1
wouldn’t want to commit myself to just now, if you don’t mind.
Senator P r o x m i r e . Thank' you very much.
Mr. Chairman, I think that the answers of the nominee certainly
reflect the observation that Senator Douglas has made. He is a man
of temperate, thoughtful, prudent expression.
I would also like to add that he not only has the specific technical
background to a superlative degree, but he has a broad background
in government as well as in economics, experience working with some
of the serious political problems that should affect and do affect
economic decisions, which is most encouraging. 1 think this is a
brilliant nomination.
Dr. B r i m m e r . Thank you.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Tower?
Senator T o w e r . No questions.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Neuberger?
Senator N e u b e r g e r . No questions.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Senator Thurmond?
Senator T h u r m o n d . I have been impressed with your education
and experiences shown in your biographical paper.
Dr. B r i m m e r . Thank you, Senator.
Senator T h u r m o n d . You appear to be well qualified to fill this
position. I have in mind to ask you a question although you may have
answered it already.
I know you are appreciative of the appointment by the President.
I was glad to hear you say that you expect to exercise an independence
of judgment.
I was also glad to hear you say that you don't expect to be anybody’s
man. I presume by those statements, which 1 liked, that you will
follow a course that you feel is in the public interest, which is the duty
of every person in any public office, any position of trust, and be
beholden to no one. I presume that would be your attitude when
you assume office?
Dr. B r im m er . I t certainly would be. Senator.
Senator T h u r m o n d . And that you will follow a policy or policies
that you feel are for the best interest of the public regardless of who
advocates them, or who doesn’t advocate them, regardless of the
position the administration takes, or anyone else takes. You will
follow your conscience and do what is best for the public interest, is
that your position?



Dr. B r i m m e r . It is, sir.
Senator T h u r m o n d . In view of that, I will be pleased to support
your nomination.
Dr. B r i m m e r . Thank you very much, Senator Thurmond.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Dr. Brimmer, I would like to ask you first a
very few questions. I certainly do not seek a statement from you
as to how you stand on any particular item, because that is something
to be governed by the circumstances that prevail at the time you have
the matter under consideration. But I would like to know if you will
be interested in and concerned with some things that I consider to be
problems, relating to the action of the Federal Reserve Board.
One has to do with certificates of deposit. I read quite a lengthy
and interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about a week ago
dealing with certificates of deposit. I am somewhat disturbed with
some of the facts brought out there, and I have been from the begin­
ning when the Joint Economic Committee had the hearings with Mr.
Martin and the Federal Reserve Board back in December. 1 was
disturbed with it then.
The statement was made by Mr. Martin that he did not feel that
small banks and savings and loan associations and mutual savings
banks, the agencies that usually rely on ordinary savings to finance
their activities, would be adversely affected by the action that the
Federal Reserve had taken because the Board did not include ordinary
savings in the category on which higher interest rates could be paid.
However, according to this article, and according to information
that we had actually at the time of the hearing, banks were issuing
certificates of deposit for amounts as low as $25. Certainly that is
getting down into the field of ordinary savings.
According to the article, savings and loan associations, small banks,
and mutual savings banks were being adversely affected and badly
affected. I don’t ask whether or not you have considered that
question yet. Certainly in your new position as a member of the
Federal Reserve Board it will be a matter for your consideration as
an individual member.
Will you give serious consideration to that and to the effect it may
have upon some of our small business financial agencies such as small
banks, savings banks, and savings and loan associations?
D r. B r i m m e r . I will certainly do that, Senator Sparkman. You
are right, I have not been able—with the balance-of-payments
situation and other things I have been engaged in—to examine the
interrelationship between interest rates on certificates of deposit and
other kinds of deposits and the question of competition for savings
among institutions. I have not been able to do it. I certainly would
want to look into that.
Senator S p a r k m a n . It was suggested a while ago you are going to
be free of the balance-of-payments question down at the Federal
Reserve Board, but I don't believe you will be free from that worry.
Dr. B r i m m e r . I wouldn't think so, Senator.
Senator S p a r k m a n . I think you will still have that burden on your
shoulders. But just don’t let it consume your time to the extent that
you are not able to consider these smaller institutions.
Dr. B r i m m e r . I w ill n o t.
Senator S p a r k m a n . A little more than 10 years ago we had Mr.
Martin before this committee. The Senator from Illinois, Senator



Douglas, asked him a very pertinent question, and that was as to the
status of the Federal Reserve Board, as to whom it was responsible—
the Executive or the Congress. Mr. Martin answered that question
in this way:
The Federal Reserve Board is an agency of the Congress.

And he also said:

It is responsible to Congress.

Do you agree with that statement?
Dr. B r i m m e r . I agree with both statements, sir.
Senator S p a r k m a n . I think I have no further questions. Does
anyone else?
If not, thank you very much. We appreciate your appearance
here, and your answers to our questions.
Dr. B r i m m e r . Thank you very much, Senator.
Senator S p a r k m a n . Dr. Brimmer’s biographical sketch will go in
the record at this point.
(The biographical sketch follows:)
F. B r i m m e r
Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer was nominated Assistant Secretary for Economic
Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce, by President Johnson on January 29,
1965, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 1965.
Secretary John T. Connor administered the oath of office on March 23, 1965.
Personal data: Born in Newellton, La., on September 13, 1926; moved to
Bremerton, Wash., at the age of 17; married Doris Millicent Scott of New York
City in 1953; they have one 3-vear-old daughter, Esther Diane.
Military service: Dr. Brimmer served in the U.S. Army between May 1945
and November 1946; about a year of this time was spent overseas. He was
discharged as a staff sergeant.
Education: Attended the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., January
1947 to June 1951, receiving his B.A. in 1950 and his M.A. in 1951, both in
economics; Fulbright fellow in India, 1951 to 1952; attended Harvard University,
1952-55, and received a Ph. D. in 1957, concentrating in monetary economics,
employment theory, and internaional trade and economic development.
Experience: While doing graduate work, he held a number of fellowships and
assistantships at the University of Washington, Harvard University, and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From June 1955 through August 1958,
he was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 1956-57
he served on a three-man mission to advise the Sudan Government on the estab­
lishment of a central bank. From September 1958 to June 1961, Dr. Brimmer
was assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University. He has
also taught at the University of California (Berkeley) and the City College of
the City University of New York. In July 1961, he joined the Wharton School
of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. He has been on leave
of absence since May 1963, when he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Economic Affairs, in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Presented the Arthur S. Flemming Award February 17 as one of the 10 out­
standing young men in Government service. Cited for general excellence during
his tenure as Assistant Secretary and, in particular, for superior performance in
supervising the voluntary business balance-of-payments program.
B io g r a ph y o f A n d r e w

PRINCIPAL PUBLICATIONS

Books, monographs, and reports

1'Survey of Mutual Fund Investors” (with Arthur M. Freedman), Securities
and Exchange Commission, 1963, 358 pages.
“Life Insurance Companies in the Capital Market,” East Lansing: Bureau of
Business and Economic Research, Michigan State University, May 1962, 394
pages.



“Preliminary Report on the Organization and Functions of a Central Bank for
the Sudan” (with Oliver Wheeler and Alan Holmes), Khartoum: Ministry of
Finance and Economics, February 1957, memorandum, 130 pages.
“The Framework of Industrial Organization in India,” Cambridge, Center for
International Studies, MIT, 1954, 35 pages.
Journal articles
“The Setting of Entrepreneurship in India,” Quarterly Journal of Economics,
November 1955, pages 553-576.
“Industrial Change in India: A Review Article,” Economic Development and
Cultural Change, January 1960, pages 214-221.
“Banking and Finance in the Sudan,” the South African Journal of Economics,
March 1960, pages 23-34.
“Financing the American Consumer: The Growing Role of the Banks,” the
Banker, August 1960, pages 514-520.
“Credit Conditions and Price Determination in the Corporate Bond Market,”
Journal of Finance, September 1960, pages 353-370.
“Foreign Banking Institutions in the U.S. Money Market,” the Review
of Economics and Statistics, February 1962, pages 76-81.
“Price Determination in the U.S. Treasury Bill Market,” the Review of Eco­
nomics and Statistics, May 1962, pages 178-183.

Senator S p a r k m a n . The committee will now go into executive
session. We will ask all of those not members of the committee or the
committee staff to clear the room.
(Whereupon, at 11:14 a.m., the committee went into executive
session.)




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