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Investigating and select committees, 82d Cong-Continued
Amount Balance expended to avaiable Mar. 31, 1953 Apr. 1, 1953
Public Works Committee (Congressman Buckley, chairman)
Apr. 9; 1972 (House share) (Senator Douglas, chairman).
man. H. Res. 33, Feb. 2, 1951; H. Res. 113, Feh. 20, 1951;
Trague, chairman) H. Res, 93, Feb. 2, 1951, H. Res. 133,
2, 864, 500
2, 296, 991. 63
567, 508. 37
We also submit for the record, a second tabluated statement showing the various investigating committees (special and standing) authorized so far during the 83d Congress. This latter statement shows a total authorization as of March 31, 1953, amounting to $1,485,050; the total expenditures as of the same date $129,620.93; and the total unexpended balance of $1,355,429.07. (The statement referred to follows:)
Investigating and select committees, 83d Cong., Jan. 3 to Mar. 31, 1953
Amount expended to Mar. 31, 1953
Balance available A pr. 1, 1953
Armed Services Committee (general) (Congressman Short,
150. Feb. 25, 1953
Mar. 16, 1953
chairman), H. Res. 50, Feb. 24. 1953; H. Res. 66, Mar. 5, 1953
Lens's, Inc.: 11. Res. 190. Mar. 26, 1953
Velde, chairman), sec. 17 of House rule 11 (i). Res. 5), H.
In all probability there will be further investigations authorized and, in some cases additional funds, during the 83d Congress. For that matter, while this statement is being prepared, there are several resolutions, which have already passed the House, setting up additional investigations, covering which funds have not yet been officially authorized
This is another appropriation for which no definite forecast can be predicted, as it is impossible to estimate in advance the amount that will actually be required, as no one, except the House, itself, has any control over this particular item.
For the fiscal year 1952, $1,275,000, was appropriated for this purpose, out of which we expended $1,238,366. For the current fiscal year 1953, there has so far been appropriated $1,300,000, out of which we have expended $839,435. This, of course, does not take into consideration any outstanding indebtedness or obligations for which vouchers have not been submitted for payment. It is problematical if the balance of $460,565, as of April 1, according to the books of the Disbursing Office, will be sufficient for the remainder of the fiscal year up to June 30, 1953. If not, we will, of course, have to request å supplemental appropriation later on in the fiscal year.
For the fiscal year 1954, our budget estimate calls for $1,250,000, which is $50,000 less than that appropriated so far for the current fiscal year 1953. However, based upon all past experiences, we fully believe that we are justified in recommending at this time that the full amount of our estimate, i. e., $1,250,000, be appropriated for the fiscal year 1954, with the hope that this amount will be sufficient, thereby avoiding the necessity of requesting supplemental appropriations from time to time throughout the fiscal year.
JOINT COMMITTEE ON INTERNAL REVENUE TAXATION
For the payment of salaries and other expenses of the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, fiscal year 1954, $192,000, or an increase of $2,000 over that appropriated for 1953.
This estimate was submitted as requested, and if your committee desires any further information regarding this particular item, I respectfully refer you to Mr. Colin F. Stam, chief of staff, Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation.
However, for your information, would advise that out of the appropriation of $190,000, appropriated for the current year, we expended through March 31, 1953, $137,835, leaving a balance of $52,165, to run until June 30.
OFFICE OF THE COORDINATOR OF INFORMATION
For salaries and expenses of the Office of the Coordinator of Information, our estimates for the fiscal year 1954, amounts to $77,930, compared with $75,750, appropriated for the current fiscal year 1953, or an incurease of $2,180. This estimate was also submitted as requested, and if there is any further information your committee may desire, I respectfully refer you to Mr. Lawrence Sullivan, the Coordinator of Information.
Out of the appropriation of $75,750, we expended through March 31, 1953, $52,325, leaving a balance of $23,425, to run until June 30, 1953.
Mr. Sullivan has gone over his budget for the ensuing fiscal year and has found that the first stenographer position, which is a rate of $4,251, has been abolished, effective May 1, 1953. However, the added workload has been absorbed by other members of the staff on a trial basis. It may be that this distribution of the workload will not prove satisfactory on a permanent basis. We are asking, therefore, that the position be retained in the new budget, the funds to remain unspent if the present temporary workload assignments prove sound on a permanent basis, after a 60-day trial
The last two items in the so-called green sheet may be eliminated for fiscal 1954, namely, $2,000 for merit increases, and the item "Balance unallocated," $2,180. Staff adjustments already make it certain these items will not be needed in 1954. With these two items stricken, the total budget will stand at $73,750 for 1954, against $75,750 in 1953. And there is the further prospect that we may be able to save for the entire year 1954 one additional stenographic position, returning an additional $4,251 unspent. If this program is realized in full, the total spending for 1954 will be $69,499, a decrease of 8.2 percent below the 1953 budget.
TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SERVICES
For the fiscal year 1954, we estimate $800,000, as compared with $750,000, appropriated for 1953, or an increase of $50,000. Out of the appropriation of $750,000, for the current fiscal year 1953, we expended through March 31, $328,833; this, of course, does not take into consideration outstanding or delayed telegraph and telephone bills not Fet billed for payment. However, we believe that the balance of 8421,167, will be more than ample.
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STATIONERY (REVOLVING FUND) For stationery, an allowance of $800, for each Representative, Delegate, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, for the 2d session of the 83d Congress, $350,400, to remain available until expended. This is a decrease of $133,000, over that appropriated for 1953.
OFFICE OF THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN For the attending physician's office, we are requesting $8,985, for the fiscal year 1954; the same as appropriated for 1953; there being no change in the paragraph.
Out of the appropriation of $8,985, for the current fiscal year, we espended through March 31, 1953,' $5,515, leaving a balance of 3,470, to run until June 30, 1953.
The amount requested for the fiscal year 1954, for postage stamps for the official use of the officers of the House, including United States sirmail and special-delivery postage stamps, for the official use of rach Representative, Delegate, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, and each standing committee of the House, the Speaker, the majority and minority leaders, and the majority and minority ships, $57,975, instead of $58,000, as appropriated for 1953, or å decrease of $25. The $58,000, as carried in the 1953 Legislative dppropriation Act, was $25 more than the actual amount required.
For folding speeches and pamphlets, we are requesting $110,000, the same as that appropriated for the current fiscal year 1953. However, pursuant to House Resolution No. 149, adopted February 24, 1953, the language of this paragraph should be changed to read: *** at a gross rate not exceeding $2 per thousand, or for the employment of personnel at a gross rate not exceeding $1.50 per hour, per person
Out of the appropriation of $110,000, for the fiscal year 1953, we expended through March 31, the sum of $54,850.
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REVISION OF LAWS
For preparation and editing of the laws, as authorized by the act approved May 29, 1928 (1 U.S. C. 59), we estimate for the fiscal year 1954, $13,700; the same as appropriated for 1953, there being no change in the paragraph.
For'exchange, driving, maintenance, repair, and operation of an atuomobile for the Speaker, $11,000, as compared with $6,660, appropriated for 1953, or an increase of $4,340. This additional amount is required toward the purchase price of a new automobile for the official use of the Speaker.
MAJORITY LEADER'S AUTOMOBILE
For the purchase, exchange, driving, maintenance, repair, and operation of an automobile for the majority leader of the House, $5,835. This is a new item insofar as the legislative branch appropriation bill is concerned. However, authority for the purchase of such an automobile and for the maintenance and operation thereof was provided by the Second Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1953, Public Law No. 11, approved March 28, 1953.
MINORITY LEADER'S AUTOMOBILE
For the purchase, exchange, driving, maintenance, repair, and operation of an automobile for the minority leader of the House, $5,835. This is also a new item insofar as the legislative branch appropriation bill is concerned. Authority for the purchase of such an automobile and for the maintenance and operation thereof was provided by the Second Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1953, Public Law No. 11, approved March 28, 1953.
PREPARATION OF THE UNITED STATES CODE
As this is a nonrecurring item the $100,000, appropriated for the current fiscal year 1953, as well as the paragraph relating thereto, has been eliminated from the budget estimate for the fiscal year 1954.
The next paragraph relating to increase and additional compensation is inserted in order to protect each paragraph within the bill from which salaries may be paid. Such salaries shall be computed at basic rates
as authorized by law, plus increase or additional compensation, as provided by the Federal Employees' Pay Act of 1945, as amended by
the Federal Employees' Pay Act of 1946, the Postal Rate Revision Hot and Federal Employees' Act of 1948, the Second Supplemental Apart 2
propriation Act of 1950, and the Classified Pay Act of 1951. ad: The following paragraph, limiting the funeral expenses of a deceased
Member, is the same language that has been carried in the legislative branch appropriation acts for many years.
For payment of expenses as specified in the appropriation paragraph,
The Capitol Police Board submitted the following budget in justifi-
$11, 302 Laundry and dry cleaning-
4, 202 Purchase, operation, and maintenance of scout cars.
1, 496 Purchase of guns, ammunition, badges, and repairs..
600 Allowance, secretary to Police Board..
The paragraph as appearing in the committee print, covering detailed Metropolitan Police, is self-explanatory. We are requesting an appropriation of $19,110, for the fiscal year 1954, as compared with $18.440, appropriated for 1953, or an increase of $670.
This estimate was submitted at the request of the Major and
OFFICE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL
For salaries and expenses for the maintenance of the Office of the Legislative Counsel, as authorized by law, including increase and additional compensation as provided by law, $239,000, of which $125,000 shall be disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate and $ 114,000 by the Clerk of the House. For the current fiscal year 1953, $223,000 was appropriated, of which $119,000 was for the Senate and $114,000 for the House.
The amount requested for 1954, is the same as that appropriated for 1953, insofar as the House is concerned. However, for the Senate şide $125,000 is being requested for 1954, as compared with $119,000 for 1953, or an increase of $6,000.
If there is any further information desired by your committee, with regard to the Office of the Legislative Counsel, I respectfully refer you to Mr. Allan Perley, Legislative Counsel of the House.
JOINT COMMITTEE ON REDUCTION OF NONESSENTIAL EXPENDITURES
This paragraph has been eliminated from the budget estimate, as the appropriation is disbursed by the United States Senate. It has been the policy for the Senate to insert this paragraph and the amount required when the bill reaches that body.