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LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL

APPROPRIATION BILL, 1917

HEARINGS

BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

ON APPROPRIATIONS

CONSISTING OF

MESSRS. JOSÉPH W. BYRNS (CHAIRMAN), THOMAS UPTON SISSON,
JOHN M. EVANS, JAMES P. BUCHANAN, JAMES W.

GOOD, AND WILLIAM H, STAFFORD

IN CHARGE OF

THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL

APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1917

SIXTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1916

APPROPRIATION BILL, 1917

HEARINGS

BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

ON APPROPRIATIONS

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CONSISTING OF

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MESSRS. JOSEPH W. BYRNS (CHAIRMAN), THOMAS UPTON SISSON,
JOHN M. EVANS, JAMES P. BUCHANAN, JAMES W.

GOOD, AND WILLIAM H. STAFFORD

IN CHARGE OF

THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL

APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1917

SIXTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1916

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LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL

APPROPRIATION BILL, 1917.

HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS. JOSEPH

W. BYRNS (CHAIRMAN), THOMAS UPTON SISSON, JOHN M. EVANS, JAMES P. BUCHANAN, JAMES W. GOOD, AND WILLIAM H. STAFFORD, OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1917, ON THE DAYS NAMED.

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1916.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

STATEMENT OF MR. HERBERT PUTNAM, LIBRARIAN.

INCREASES IN SALARIES AND ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES.

[See p. 14.]

Mr. BYRNS. Do you desire to make any general statement before questions are asked as to the various details of the estimates ?

Mr. PUTNAM. Mr. Chairman, the bill shows very numerous changes. As shown on the left page of this printed statement that I have handed to you, they are all recommendations for increases of salary in minor positions from $1,000 down. I think it is impracticable to consider such a matter except in a broad way. To attempt to check through the bill and explain with regard to each particular position would unduly take your time, because it is not that the considerations apply to any one position as against another; they apply to all these positions in these lower salaries from $1,000 down to $360. With respect to these lower salaries there is a very considerable discrepancy between our service and that of the executive departments, I brought it to the attention of the committee two years ago and told the committee we had people who were working at salaries of $900, $800, $780, $600, $540, $480, and $360 who were practically stranded at those salaries. It was not a difficult thing in the earlier days to have people come in at these very minor salaries, because then you were enabling us to increase the force each year and there was a chance for promotion. But that time has passed; we are practically at a standstill, and the chance for promotion is very infrequent. In the meantime here are people struggling along at salaries of $600, $780, and $900-a young woman supporting a mother, a widow a child, a man supporting a family and there is nothing ahead of them unless these positions can be regraded.

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