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APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1954

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-THIRD CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE

WALT HORAN, Washington, Chairman
FRED E. BUSBEY, Illinois

MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
FRANK T. BOW, Ohio

GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama

J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia
ROBERT M. MOYER, Executive Secretary to Subcommittee
* Temporarily assigned.

Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1953

Documents Depu.

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

JOHN TABER, New York, Chairman
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri
BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa

GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota

HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California WALT HORAN, Washington

ALBERT THOMAS, Texas GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey

MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania

W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas JOHN PHILLIPS, California

JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas

GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York

JOHN J. ROONEY, New York CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio

J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia EARL WILSON, Indiana

JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island NORRIS COTTON, New Hampshire

ROBERT L. F. SIKES, Florida GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin

ANTONIO M. FERNANDEZ, New Mexico BENJAMIN F. JAMES, Pennsylvania

PRINCE H. PRESTON, JR., Georgia GERALD R. FORD, JR., Michigan

OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana FRED E. BUSBEY, Illinois

LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan EDWARD T. MILLER, Maryland

SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois CHARLES W. VURSELL, Mlinois

FRED MARSHALL, Minnesota T. MILLET HAND, New Jersey

JOHN J. RILEY, Squth Carolina HAROLD C. OSTERTAG, New York

ALFRED D. SIEMINSKI, New Jersey
OAKLEY HUNTER, California
FRANK T. BOW, Ohio
HAMER H. BUDGE, Idaho
CHARLES R. JONAS, North Carolina
OTTO KRUEGER, North Dakota
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska
SAM COON, Oregon
MELVIN R. LAIRD, Wisconsin
ELFORD A. CEDERBERG, Michigan

GEORGE Y. HARVEY, Clerk
KENNETH SPRANKLE, Assistant Clerk

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DOCUMENTI

DEPT.

LEGISLATIVE-JUDICIARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1954

THURSDAY, May 28, 1953.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WITNESSES
LYLE O. SNADER, CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
J. C. SHANKS, DISBURSING CLERK

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

Mr. Horan. The committee will please be in order. This is the Subcommittee on Appropriations that considers requests for funds for 2 of the 3 branches of our Government. In the organization of this Government of ours it was decided that we would have a better balance of political powers if we had a separation of those powers. Therefore we have the legislative, the judiciary, and the executive. The Committee on Appropriations is concerned mostly with the executive branch, because they are the ones which spend the major part of our moneys. However, in these hearings, we will be concerned with the proper amounts of funds for those who legislate and those who adadminister justice. Therefore, I hope that as a result of our hearings we can give proper consideration and the right amount of funds so that the legislative and the judiciary may function to the full intent of The printed designation of committee membership carries the name of our much-beloved friend from Alabama, George Andrews. Since he is on a committee that has very important work before it at this moment, the minority has designated our colleague from Virginia Mr. Vaughan Gary, whom we are very happy to have with us. Wbile we miss the counsel and companionship of George Andrews, we rejoice in the acquisition of such a very able Member of the House as Mr. Gary, of Virginia.

We have before us this morning the Clerk of the House, Mr. Snader, and the Disbursing Clerk, Mr. Shanks. You may proceed, Mr. Snader.

their powers.

GENERAL STATEMENT

Vr. SNADER. First of all, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I have with me today my right-hand man, Mr. Crawford Shanks

, the present Disbursing Officer of the House, with whom I have worked very closely in the preparation of the testimony and the budget which we are here to justify today: Mr. Horan. I think all of us are familiar with the work of Mr. Shanks. I think the House of Representatives and the Capitol are

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very fortunate to have a man of his integrity and ability to handle this work.

Mr. SNADER. I would like to state at this time, Mr. Chairman, in connection with your opening remarks concerning the importance of the legislative and judiciary appropriation bill that I am concerned, of course, only with the legislative portion of that bill.

The Clerk of the House functions, in effect, as the administrative officer of the House. He is charged with the three functions of procurement, budget, and disbursal of funds appropriated and made available to the House of Representatives to fulfill their functions.

I would like to say that upon becoming Clerk of the House a few months ago, I took that responsibility very seriously and continue to take it very seriously. However, I have attempted to be guided by the fact that the House of Representatives should have for its proper function all of the equipment and facilities that are necessary for a more efficient operation of what I feel is the greatest body in the world.

ITEMIZED ESTIMATES OF APPROPRIATIONS With that initial statement, Mr. Chairman, I would like to say that for the information of the committee, we desire to insert in the record a tabulated statement in support of the estimates (both original and revised), as submitted through the Bureau of the Budget for the operation of the House of Representatives, for the fiscal year 1954.

Mr. HORAN. Without objection, that will be inserted in the record at this point.

(The matter referred to is as follows:)

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