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COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN

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FIRST SESSION OF THE

EIGHTY-FIFTH CONGRESS
AND STATUS AS OF AUGUST 30, 1957

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COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE TOM MURRAY, Tennessee, Chairman

JAMES H. MORRISON, Louisiana
JAMES C. DAVIS, Georgia
JOHN LESINSKI, Michigan
EDWARD J. ROBESON, JR., Virginia
GRACIE PFOST, Idaho
CHET HOLIFIELD, California
RATHRYN E. GRANAHAN, Pennsylvania
LINDLEY BECKWORTH, Texas
CHARLES O. PORTER, Oregon
ALFRED E. SANTANGELO, New York
JOHN YOUNG, Texas
ROBERT W. HEMPHILL, South Carolina
RALPH. J. SCOTT, North Carolina

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EDWARD H. REES, Kansas
ROBERT J. CORBETT, Pennsylvania
H. R. GROSS, Iowa
CECIL. M. HARDEN, Indiana
ALBERT W. CRETELLA, Connecticut
JOEL. T. BROYHILL, Virginia
ELFORD A. CEDERBERG, Michigan
AUGUST E. JOHANSEN, Michigan
STUYVESANT WAINWRIGHT, New York
GLENN CUNNINGHAM, Nebraska
DAVID S. DENNISON, JR., Ohio

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATION OF THE COMMITTEE ON POST

OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE

The Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, United States House of Representatives, considered some 259 bills and resolutions. The following is a summary statement of the provisions of each of the actions taken, with an indication of their present status.

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The rate on books is increased from 8 cents
on the 1st pound and 4 cents on each ad-
ditional pound to 10 cents on the 1st
pound and 5 cents on each additional
The category of items entitled to the
book rate is substantially increased by
the proposal.

The present rate of 4 cents on the 1st pound
and 1 cent on each additional pound for
books sent by nonprofit public libraries,
organizations, or associations is extended
to all colleges, universities, and schools,
the category of items entitled to this rate
is broadened, and the present restriction
of these rates to the third zone is elimin-
ated.

3D-CLAss MAIL

These provisions are as follows:
(1) The individual piece rate on 3d-
class mail (except books and catalogs)
is increased from 2 cents for the 1st 2
ounces or fraction and 1 cent for each
additional ounce or fraction to 3 cents
for the 1st 2 ounces or fraction and
1% cents for each additional ounce or
fraction. For books and catalogs, the
individual piece rate of 2 cents for the
1st 2 ounces is increased to 3 cents and
the rate of 1% cents on each 2 ounces
or fraction thereof in excess of the 1st
2 ounces is replaced by a rate of 1
cent on each ounce in excess of the 1st
2 ounces.
(2) The rate on 3d-class matter
mailed in bulk, except books and cata-
logs, is increased from 14 cents per
pound and 1% cents minimum per piece
to 16 cents per pound and 2 cents mini-
mum per piece. Bulk mailings of books
and catalogs are increased from the
present rate of 10 cents per pound with
a minimum rate of 1% cents per piece
to 12 cents per pound with a minimum
rate of 2 cents per piece. The 2-cent
minimum in both categories will be in-
creased to 2% cents on July 1, 1959.

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Passed Senate
Aug. 27, 1957

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(3) The fee for a permit to send 3dclass mail under the bulk mailing rate is increased from $10 a year to $20 a year.

(4) Odd-sized pieces of 3d-class mail will be subject to a minimum charge of 5 cents, representing an increase of 2 cents per piece.

(5) There will be no increases on
mailings of nonprofit religious, educa-
tional, scientific, philanthropic, agri-
cultural, labor, veterans', or fraternal

organizations or associations.
It is estimated these increases will bring in

increased revenue in the amount of

$128,000,000 per year.
This bill, as amended by the committee,

provides a pay increase for employees in
the field service of the Post Office Depart-
ment of $546 per annum except rural
carriers and 4th-class postmasters. Rural
carriers and 4th-class postmasters would
receive an increase in their annual com-
pensation of 12 percent, but not to ex-
ceed $546 per annum. The bill, as
amended, provides that such pay in-
creases will become effective at the be-
ginning of the 1st pay period which begins
after Sept. 1, 1957.
This legislation will increase the annual

compensation of approximately 967,853
employees in the executive, legislative,
and judicial branches of the Government.
Specifically, the increases will apply to
(1) employees subject to the Classification
Act of 1949, as amended; (2) officers and
employees in or under the judicial branch
of the Government (including court re-
porters for Federal district courts, and
secretaries and law clerks of Federal cir-
cuit and district judges); and (3) officers
and employees in or under the legislative

branch of the Government.
Salaries of these employees will be increased

by 11 percent, effective on the 1st day of
the 1st pay period which begins on or
after Sept. 1, 1957, except that (1) no
salary will be increased by more than
$1,000 a year, (2) no salary will be in-
creased to an amount in excess of $16,000
a year—the existing maximum salary rate
provided by the Classification Act of 1949,
as amended (which was recently raised
from $14,800 to $16,000 a year), and
(3) no present salary of $16,000 or more
will receive any increase. The average
salary increase for classified employees
will be $518.51 per annum.

Passed Senate
Aug. 27, 1957

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