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A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A MORE PERMANENT TENURE
FOR PERSONS CARRYING THE MAIL

ON STAR ROUTES

MARCH 14, 1940

Printed for the use of the
Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1940

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COMMITTEE ON THE POST OFFICE AND POST ROADS

MILCO OMJUE, Missouri, Chairman THOMAS G. BURCH, Vingin

FRED A. HARTLEY, JR., New Jersey MARTIN L. SWEENEY, opia

E. HAROLD CLUETT, New York ARTHUR W. MITCHELL, Illinois

NOAH M. MASON, Illinois B. FRANK WHELCHEL, Georgia

WILLIAM W. BLACKNEY, Michigan JOE HENDRICKS, Florida

BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa NOBLE J. GREGORY, Kentucky

ALBERT E. AUSTIN, Connecticut THOMAS A. FLAHERTY, Massachusetts JIM SECCOMBE, Ohio CLYDE L. GARRETT, Texas

GEORGE W. GILLIE, Indiana J. HAROLD FLANNERY, Pennsylvania JOHN MCDOWELL, Pennsylvania CARL T. DURHAM, North Carolina LEE E. GEYER, California CLYDE T. ELLIS, Arkansas PIUS L. SCHWERT, New York CLIFFORD DAVIS, Tennessee

ROBERT E. LAMBERT, Clerk

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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Beesley, Thomas Quinn, president, National Council on Business Mail,

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STAR ROUTE CARRIERS

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1940

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON THE POST OFFICE AND Post Roads,

Washington, D. C. The committee this day met at 10:15 a. m., Hon. Milton A. Romjue, chairman, presiding, for consideration of S. 1214, which reads as follows:

[S. 1214, 76th Cong., 1st sess., Report No. 1018) [Strike out all in black brackets and insert the part printed in italic] A BILL To provide for a more permanent tenure for persons earrying the mail on star

routes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, (That (a) section 3951 of the Revised Statutes, as amended by the Act of August 11, 1876 (amending sections 246 and 251 of the Act of June 8, 1872) (U. S. C., 1934 edition, title 39, sec. 434), is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence of such section and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "In any case in which a regular contract for carrying the mail upon any star route was sublet or transferred and the subletting or transferring of such regular contract was approved by the Postmaster General prior to January 1, 1939, the Postmaster General may, in his discretion and in the interests of the Postal Service, upon the expiration of the term of the contract so sublet or transferred, enter into a contract for carrying the mail upon such route with the person to whom such regular contracts was last sublet or transferred. Any such contract so entered into shall be for a period of four years and shall provide for compensation to the new contractor at the rate prevailing at the end of the term of the sublet or transferred contract. In all other cases of regular contracts for carrying the mail upon star routes, the contract may, in the discretion of the Postmaster General, and in the interests of the Postal Service, be renewed for single periods of four years from date of expiration, at the rate prevailing at the end of the contract term, and like renewals of such contracts may thereafter be made as often as the interests of the service may require. Any regular contract may be continued in force beyond its express terms for a period not exceeding six months, until a new contract with the same or another contractor shall be made by the Postmaster General."

[(b) Such section 3951 is further amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraphs:

["The Postmaster General may, in his discretion, and in the interests of the Postal Service and nnder such regulations as he may prescribe, allow extra compensation to a star-route contractor for necessary increased travel caused by obstruction of roads, destruction of bridges, or discontinuance of ferries occurring during the contract term, when such increased travel is for not less than one mile and is for a period of not less than five consecutive days. No extra compensation allowed under the provisions of the preceding sentence shall be proportionately greater than the rate established by the contract involved. The provisions of section 3960 of the Revised Statutes (U. S. C., 1934 edition, title 39, sec. 440) that no compensation shall be paid for additional service in carrying the mail until such additional service is ordered, the sum to be allowed therefor to be expressed in the order and entered upon the books of the department, and that no compensation shall be paid for any

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