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SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION BILL, 1973
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas, Chairman
JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi
CHARLES R. JONAS, North Carolina
Norr.—This Surveys and Investigations supervisory staff is supplemented by selected personnel borrowed on a reimbursable basis for varying lengths of time from various agencies to staff up specific studies and investigations. The current average annual fulltime personnel equivalent is approximately 42.
GERARD J. CHOUINARD
AUSTIN G. SMITH RANDOLPH THOMAS BETTY A. SWANSON SHARon K. TIN SLEY GEMMA. M. WEIBLINGER
MARCIA. L. MATTS
SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION BILL, 1973
SUBCOMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS
BOB CASEY, Texas, Chairman
Frank T. Bow, Ohio
John J. Rhodes, Arizona
Wendell Wyatt, Oregon
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1972.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
W. RAYMOND COLLEY, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE
CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES GEORGE M. WHITE, ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL
Mr. Casey. The committee will come to order. Gentlemen, we are meeting this afternoon to consider a number of supplemental requests in House Document No. 92–352. The first five relate to the House and a joint item.
We have before us Mr. Colley, who is apearing for the Clerk of the House and who will present a summarization of the request and answer any questions.
The committee has received a letter from the Clerk justifying the requests which total $3,054,500. We will insert that letter and the attachments in the record at this point. (The material follows:)
OFFICE OF THE CLERK,
Washington, D.C., September 19, 1972.
tee on Appropriations, The Capitol, Washington, D.C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: This letter is submitted to your subcommittee in support of and justification for certain supplemental appropriations requested for the House of Representatives for fiscal year 1973. These requests total $3,054,500 and are summarized in House Document No. 92-352, wherein the President transmitted several supplemental requests to the Congress for consideration. Since I will be attending an Interparliamentary Union Conference at the time of your hearings on the supplemental appropriations bill, I have asked my assistant, Mr. W. Raymond Colley, to represent me and to provide any additional information
that you may require as you consider these requests. The $3,054,500 are required as follows:
1. Salaries, officers and employees, $318,000. (A) Office of the Clerk, $283,000; (B) Official reporters of debates, $35,000.
2. Members' clerk hire, $2,262,000.
4. Joint items, contingent expenses of the House, Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, $135,000.
I have attached a brief summary of these supplemental requests and shall appreciate your subcommittee including them in the supplementary appropriations bill reported to the House for passage. With kind regards, I am, Sincerely,
W. Pat JENNINGS,
Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Enclosures.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS, FISCAL YEAR 1973
September 19, 1972. ITEM NO. 1: SALARIES, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, $318,000 These supplemental funds are required for the payment of personnel employed in new positions created by the Committee on House Administration or by the House. The amounts requested may not equal the full amounts required on an annual basis, but are an estimate of what will be needed for the remainder of the fiscal year. A. Office of the Clerk, $283,000
When hearings were conducted on the fiscal year 1973 budget in February of this year, it was pointed out that the Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971 (Public Law 92–225) would become effective on April 7, 1972, and that addi. tional personnel would be required to administer the act. Approximately half of the positions funded in this request are for the Office of Records and Registration, which had only four employees when the February hea rings were conducted. The office now has 25 positions : 15 had been created at the time the supplemental request for funds was prepared and another six have been created since the request was submitted. Funds for the additional positions are not being requested at this time, however, because it is felt that these can be absorbed in the funds either previously approved or represented in the supplemental.
The remainder of the funds are required for certain reclassifications in the Office Supply Service and Property Custodian; a new permanent position in the Office of the Bill Clerk; three new positions in the Finance Office; and eight new positions in the Property Custodian's Office. A new division of Drapery and Venetian Blinds was created in the latter office.
The Clerk's Office had an original 1973 appropriation of $2,992,300. B. Official Reporters of Debates, $35,000
The House approved House Resolution 1002 on May 24, 1972, to provide for the appointment of two additional official reporters of debates. A copy of the resolution is attached for the subcommittee's files. You will note that authority is not granted for payment of such compensation "until otherwise provided by law," as is customary, but "until January 3, 1973." Thus, there will not be authority for the continuation of these positions after this Congress.
The initial appropriation for fiscal year 1973 for compensation of all reporters totaled $415,455.
The two new reporters were appointed on June 19, 1972.
HOUSE RESOLUTION 1002—IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U.S.
May 24, 1972. Resolved, That there shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the House, until January 3, 1973, compensation for the employment of two additional official reporters of debates, House of Representatives, to be appointed in the same manner, and to receive the same rate of compensation, as the other official reporters of debates. Attest:
W. Par JENNINGS, Clerk.
ITEM NO. 2 : MEMBERS' CLERK HIRE, $2,262,000 The clerk hire appropriations provided in the regular fiscal year 1973 bill totaled $61 million. This estimate was based on 290 Members of the House being entitled to 15 clerks and the remainder (147) being entitled to 16 clerks. Districts with more than 500,000 population received the extra staff position.
Effective March 1, 1972, by Order No. 3, the Committee on House Administration provided that all Members would be entitled to a clerk hire allowance of $157,092 and could appoint not to exceed 16 clerks. This means that in fiscal year 1973 each of the 290 Members receiving the extra clerk could expend an additional $7,800 for clerk hire, or a maximum of $2,262,000. In addition, in January 1973, a delegate each from Guam and the Virgin Islands will enter the House, and their clerk hire must be funded. Under the provisions of Public Law 92-271, these two delegates will be entitled to 60 percent of the clerk hire of a Member of the House.
Attached are copies of Order No. 3 from the Committee on House Administration relating to clerk hire and Public Law 92–271.
The July expenditure for clerk hire was $5,197,000, or $62,364,000 on an annual basis. The August expenditure was $5,176,000, or $62,112,000 on an annual basis. Both of these annual figures are more than the $61 million appropriated.
If the full $2,262,000 is appropriated, the total funds available for fiscal year 1973 would be $63,262,000. These funds, of course, are not required immediately but will be needed before the end of the fiscal year should the current rate of clerk hire expenditure continue.
The maximum clerk hire funds that could be required, if all Members used their allocation, would be $68,743,459. This means that the clerk hire appropriation would still be underfunded by approximately $5,481,459.
COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION
March 1, 1972. Order No. 3 follows:
Resolved, That effective March 1, 1972, until otherwise provided by order of the Committee on House Administration, each Member of the House of Representatives, the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, and the Delegate from the District of Columbia shall be entitled to an annual clerk hire allowance of $157,092 for not to exceed 16 clerks. There shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the House of Representatives such sums as may be necessary to carry out this order until otherwise provided by law.
PUBLIC LAW 92-271–92D CONGRESS, H.R. 8787, APRIL 10, 1972 AN ACT To provide that the unincorporated territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands
shall each be represented in Congress by a Delegate to the House of Representatives
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the territory of Guam and the territory of the Virgin Islands each shall be represented in the United States Congress by a nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives, elected as hereinafter provided.
SEC. 2. (a) The Delegate shall be elected by the people qualified to vote for the members of the legislature of the territory he is to represent at the general election of 1972, and thereafter at such general election every second year thereafter. The Delegate shall be elected at large, by separate ballot and by a majority of the votes cast for the office of Delegate. If no candidate receives such majority, on the fourteenth day following such election a runoff election shall be held between the candidates receiving the highest and the second highest number of votes cast for the office of Delegate. In case of a permanent vacancy in the office of Delegate, by reason of death, resignation, or permanent disability, the office of Delegate shall remain vacant until a successor shall have been elected and qualified.
(b) The term of the Delegate shall commence on the third day of January following the date of the election.