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paragraphs and the amounts appropriated for 1953, should be vacated, insofar as the fiscal year 1954 is concerned and in lieu thereof set up two new paragraphs as follows:
Mr. GARY. Does the $6,655 cover both messengers?
OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP
Mr. SNADER. For the Office of the Majority Whip, $20,310 for the employment of an administrative assistant at the basic salary rate not to exceed $8,000, per annum, as authorized by House Resolution No. 147, adopted February 18, 1953; a clerk at the basic salary rate of $3,000 per annum (as authorized by existing law), and a messenger in the majority caucus room, at the basic salary rate of $1,740, per annum (as authorized by existing law).
OFFICE OF THE MINORITY WHIP
For the Office of the Minority Whip, $20,310, for the employment of an administrative assistant at the basic salary rate not to exceed $8,000, per annum, as authorized by House Resolution No. 147, adopted February 18, 1953; and for the employment of two or more employees, at basic salary rates not exceeding a total of $4,740, per annum, as authorized by House Resolution No. 78, adopted January 14, 1953.
This latter resolution also provided that the positions of clerk for the minority whip and messenger in the minority caucus room, at the basic salary rates of $3,000, and $1,740, per annum, respectively, shall be vacated.
TWO PRINTING CLERKS FOR CAUCUS ROOM
For 2 printing clerks, 1 for the majority caucus room and 1 for the minority caucus room, to be appointed by the majority and minority leaders, respectively, $7,485; the same as appropriated for the current fiscal year 1953.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANT TO THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN
For a technical assistant in the office of the attending physician to be appointed by the attending physician, subject to the approval of the speaker, $6,295; the same as appropriated for the current fiscal
OFFICE OF THE POSTMASTER
For the Office of the Postmaster, $177,230; the same as appropriated for the current fiscal year 1953; there being no change in the paragraph.
OFFICIAL REPORTERS OF DEBATES
For official reporters of debates, $125,435; the same as appropriated for the current fiscal year 1953.
Mr. Horan. If that amount remains the same, we will be able to take care of the resignation of one of the official reporters of debates and the addition of another man to replace bim?
Mr. SNADER. That is right; yes sir.
OFFICIAL REPORTERS TO COMMITTEES
For official reporters to committees, $125,415, as compared with $102,120, appropriated for the fiscal year 1953, or an increase of $23,295. This increase is due to the employment of two additional official committee reporters at the basic salary rate of $7,500, per annum each, as authorized by House Resolution Nos. 732 and 739, adopted July 3 and 4, 1952, respectively.
For salaries and expenses, studies and examinations of executive agencies by the Committee on Appropriations, to be expended in accordance with section 202 (b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, $500,000; the same as appropriated for 1953.
Mr. HORAŃ. Of that amount, how is that distributed between the parties? The majority gets how much and the minority how much, or how is that decided? Mr. Snader. That is determined by your committee. Mr. HORAN. By the committee? Mr. Suader. Yes, sir. It is a separate amount of money given to the committee to use as they deem advisable.
For the current fiscal year 1953, we expended from July 1, 1952, to March 31, 1953, the sum of $280,316.48. This figure, however, does not take into sonsideration any cutstanding indebtedness or obligations which the committee may have incurred, covering which vouchers have not as yet been submitted to the Disbursing Office for payment,
In other words, there may have been the employment of some investigators, or some obligations incurred for which we have not received vouchers. But for the current fiscal year as of March 31, out of the $500,000 appropriation, we have only dispersed approximately half of it.
(Discussion off the record.)
GENERAL INFORMATION ON SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES OF MEMBERS
Mr. Horan. There has been a lot of misinformation given to the public regarding everything pertaining to Members' salaries and allowances. At Mr. Kirwan's suggestion I did request that you put out a bulletin earlier this year to put the Members straight on all of these items. I think we might wisely include the gist of that bulletin in our hearings, at this or some other point of the record. Mr. Snader. I did publish that bulletin on salaries and allowances. Mr. Horan. I think every Member appreciated it. Members are going to be asking us when we go to the floor concerning these allow
Mr. SNADER. I can insert that at any point in the hearings. Mr. Horan. Please use your good judgment as to how much of that bulletin to put in the hearings and at which point. I think we are going to have to be able to answer these questions and also include something concerning the nature of the equipment item. I leave that to your discretion.
Mr. SNADER. I am having published now a pamphlet which is in the printer's hands on the electrical and mechanical equipment.
(The pamphlets requested to be inserted follows:)
SALARY AND ALLOWANCES, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
House of Representatives, 83d Congress (Prepared by Lyle 0. Snader, Clerk of the House of Representatives) This sublication has been prepared with a view toward giving "fingertip" information to the Members and their staffs regarding the salaries and allowances of the Members and the ste.ffs.
Should additional information be required please do not hesitate to callt he Clerk of the House, as he or his staff will be most happy to be of any assistance possible.
LYLE 0. SNADER,
Clerk of the House of Representatives. NOTE.-- Whenever the term “Member" or "Members" is used in this pamphlet it shall mean a Reprosentative, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner.
SALARY AND EXPENSE ALLOWANCES OF MEMBERS
Members whose credentials, in due form of law, have been filed with the Clerk of the House, will receive their salaries monthly from the office of the Sergeant at Arms from the beginning of their term, January 3, 1953 (or at a later date if elected at a special election).
The salary is at the rate of $12,500 per annum, plus an expense allowance at the rate of $2,500 per annum. This latter amount, effective January 3, 1953, must be included in gross income and will be taxed unless offset by allowable deductions or credits. The law further provides, “That for the two taxable years beginning after December 31, 1952, the place of residence of a Member of Congress (including any Delegate, and Resident Commissioner) within the State, congressional district, Territory, or possession which he represents in Congress shall be considered to be his home for the purposes of section 23 (a) (1) (A) of the Internal Revenue Code, but amounts expended by such Member within each such taxable year for living expenses shall not be deductible for income tax purposes in excess of $3,000.”
Members are allowed mileage at the rate of 20 cents per mile to be estimated by the nearest route usually traveled in going to and returning from each regular session. The accounts are certified by the Speaker after the Committee on House Administration has ascertained and reported the amounts due for payment by the Sergeant at Arms.
CLERK HIRE ALLOWANCE
The allowance for clerks to each Member is fixed by law at the basic rate of $12,500 rer annum.
The following six formules ere aprlicable to all annuel besic salary rates as a Member of Congress mo,y designete (for one to six clerks) out of a total clerk-hire allowance of $12,500 basic per annum, but not to exceed a basic rate of $5,000 per annum to one clerk.
First: 20 percent increase of first $1,200; 10 percent additional from $1,200 to $4,600; 5 percent further edditional from $4,600 to $5,000.
Second: After applying the increases srovided in paragraph 1, add an additional 14 percent or a flat $250 a year, whichever is the greater, but not to exceed 25 rercent.
Third: After applying the increases provided in both paragraphs 1 and 2, add an additional increase of 10 rercent (in lieu of overtime).
Fourth: After applying the increases provided in paragraphs 1, 2, and 3, add an additional increase of $330 8 year.
Fifth: After eprlying the increases provided in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, and 4, add an additionel increase of 5 percent.
Sixth: After arrlying the increases provided in paragraphs 1, 3, 4, and 5, add an additional incre?se of 10 rercent, but not less than $300 a year.
Members may arrange the schedule of salaries of clerks in their offices, but no salery shell be fixed at 2 basic rate higher than $5,000 per annum; such schedule to be filed with the Disbursing Office not later than the 10th day of the month in which changes are to become effective. Appointments of clerks are limited to six, and such appointments cannot be made retroactive to a date prior to a current month. The allowance is paid in monthly installments. It is not cumulative
and any portion of a monthly allowance not used reverts automatically to the United States Treasury. (See following examples:)
No. 1 $600.00 Basic per annum 120.00—20 percent increase (par. 1)
90.00-10 percent additional (par. 3)
66.00—5 percent additional (par. 5)
$1,686.00 Total gross salary
No. 2 $1,500.00 Basic per annum 240.00-20 percent first $1,200 (par. 1) 30.00-10 percent next $300 (par. 1)
250.00 Additional (par. 2)
202.00---10 percent additional (par. 3)
330.00 Additional (par. 4)
127. 60—5 percent additional (par. 5)
$2, 679. 60
300.00 Additional (par. 6)
$2, 979. 60 Total gross salary
No. 3 $3,000.00 Basic per annum
240.00-20 percent first $1,200 (par. 1)
180.00--10 percent next $1,800 (par. 1) $3, 420.00
478. 80-14 percent additional (par. 2)
389.88–10 percent additional (par. 3)
330.00 Additional (par. 4)
230.93—5 percent additional (par. 5)
484. 96–10 percent additional (par. 6) $5, 334.57 Total gross salary
No. 4 $5, 000.00 Basic per annum
240. 00—20 percent first $1,200 (par. 1) 340. 00—10 percent next $3,400 (par. 1) 20. 00—5 percent next $400 (par. 1)
$5, 600. 00
784. 00—14 percent additional (par. 2) $6, 384. 00
638, 40—10 percent additional (par. 3) $7, 022. 40
330.00 Additional (par. 4) $7, 352. 40
367. 62—5 percent additional (par. 5) $7, 720. 02
772. 004-10 percent additional (par. 6)
$8, 492. 02 Total gross salary
Each Member is allowed $800 per regular session which is part of the emoluments of his office and may be either withdrawn in cash or remain to the Member's credit for the purchase of stationery or other supplies purchased through the Stationery Room, located in the Old House Office Building. In event of death or resignation of a Member the stationery allowance remaining to his or her credit is payable either to the spouse or estate. (No stationery allowance is available for the office staff of a resigned or deceased Member.)
ALLOWANCE FOR AIRMAIL AND SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMPS
The Clerk of the House is authorized and directed to procure and furnish each fiscal year to each Member, upon his or her written request to the Disbursing Office, United States airmail and/or special delivery postage stamps in an amount not exceeding $125 for the mailing of postal matter arising in connection with his or her official business. Stamps not called for by the end of each fiscal year, June 30, automatically lapse. (No such stamps are available for the use of the office staff of a resigned or deceased Member.)
TELEGRAMS AND LONG-DISTANCE TELEPHONE CALLS
Toll charges on official long-distance telephone calls are allowed on a yearly basis (from January 3 of a calendar year to January 3 of the succeeding calendar year) during a Member's term of office not to exceed 1,800 minutes a year. Telegram wordage is also allowed for the same period of time not to exceed 12,000 words a year. If a Member at any time exceeds his yearly allowance for either telephone or telegrams, he will be billed for the excess charges (plus tax) by the telephone or telegraph company. Any such allowance not used at the end of each year will automatically lapse.
Members should use their credit cards as issued to them by the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and the Western Union Telegraph Co. when making official long-distance calls and sending official telegrams when they are away from their respective congressional offices here in Washington.
MEMBER'S OFFICE SPACE IN HIS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT The Sergeant at Arms is authorized to secure suitable office space in post offices or other Federal buildings at a place in such district which the Member may designate. In the event suitable space is not available in such buildings and a Member leases or rents office space elsewhere, the Sergeant at Arms is authorized to approve for payment of rentals due an amount not to exceed $900 per annum.