By separate order herein, I have directed that the statement presented by the Trustees to the Committee on Commerce of the United States Senate on November 23, 1970 be made a part of this record. On the basis of that report, and the record as a whole, I find that there is sufficiently reasonable likelihood that the debtor's operations can be improved to the point of producing adequate revenue to support a successful reorganization. It must be recognized, however, that the situation is extremely fluid.
On December 10, 1970, by amendment to the Railway Labor Act, Congress deferred for a few more weeks any resumption of strike activity by railroad employees, and imposed an immediate wage increase, leaving open for further negotiations the many other issues between the employers and employees, including future wage levels. One of the side effects of this legislation has been to accelerate the depletion of the debtor's cash, and legislation is now actively under consideration which may enable the debtor to borrow the funds to meet immediate needs. In addition to these major uncertainties, such matters as the impact of "Rail-pax" legislation and the net result of the Trustees' efforts to liquidate the debtor's non-rail assets are not yet fully known. It is clearly not now possible to arrive at accurate predictions as to the success of future operations.
In short, the only conclusion which can be expressed with confidence is that the Court, the Trustees, the debtor, and all interested parties, should be in a better position within the next three months to evaluate the feasibility of a successful reorganization than they are at present. Accordingly, the debtor will be granted an extension of 90 days within which to file a proposed plan of reorganization. Whether further extensions should be granted thereafter will be determined in the light of circumstances then existing.
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