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1. Source: Budget Scorekeeping Reports, Joint Committee on the
Reduction of Federal Expenditures. 27 The budget request to which these totals relate reflects re
visions transmitted to the Congress on April 15, 1969, shortly after the current Administration took office, which
comprised reductions from the budget totals of $5,511 million in budget
authority and $4,022 million in outlays. 3/ These changes include the following:
The 1972 outlay effect appears to be at least $300 million too
$2,419 million in outlays, reflecting inaction on the President's
for fiscal 1972.
Mr. Walker, do you have anything further to say at the moment?
Mr. Mahon. I realize that a hearing of this type cannot be conducted in a perfectly orderly way because different members of the committee are interested in different questions. I believe the opportunity to tap your expertise has been worthwhile. I think the printed record of this hearing, with the supplementary matter, will be of great value to us. The sooner we can get it in our hands, the better we will be able to give consideration to the so-called expenditure limitation and to the budget in general.
TIMELY APPROPRIATIONS Congress has been derelict in not finding a way to pass appropriation bills in a more timely way. Generally speaking, this is not the fault of the Appropriations Committee. The main trouble lies in the failure of the legislative committees to secure enactment of authorization legislation which must precede consideration of appropriation bills. Each year we have high hopes, but somehow or other something happens and our hopes are shattered. We hope that early action will be taken on authorization bills at this session in order that we may handle the appropriations in a timely way. We could handle the appropriations if we were not constrained and restricted by the lack of authorization.
Mr. Shultz, do you have anything to say?
Mr. Shultz. I would just like to say on my own behalf and my colleagues behalf that we appreciate very much all the courtesies that you and the members of the committee håve extended to us during this hearing. Further, we wish to cooperate with the committee in every way we possibly can to have an orderly and timely consideration of the appropriations. If there is anything at all we can do that would be helpful, if you will just call on us we will respond.
Mr. Mahon. Thank you very much.
Mr. WEINBERGER. I appreciate very much the courtesies you have extended to me and will look forward to working with you as closely as possible.
Mr. Mahon. We will hope for good fortune as the year unfolds. Thank
you very much. Mr. Shultz. Thank you.