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HOUSE, NON ACTION

Two of our items—the '' requests for maintenance and operation of the Senate Office Buildings and of the Senate garagebeing Senate items, were not acted on by the House but, in accordance with custom, were left for consideration and intial action by the Senate committee. These two items total $2,587,900.

House, REDUCTIONS

Of the appropriation requests considered by the House, all items were allowed, with the exception of the following:

LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENT OF CAPITOL PLAZA AREAS

Under the Capitol Grounds appropriation item, a cut of $100,000 was made. Of this cut, $64,500 represented a request for funds for the landscape improvement of the Northeast and Southeast triangular park areas at the Capitol Plaza.

Senator MONRONEY. Where is that?

Mr. STEwART. One triangle is located near the Northeast approach to the plaza, and the other near the Southeast approach.

Senator MONRONEY. That whole area is a central park.

Mr. RooF. These [indicating on drawing] are the small triangles referred to. This is the Senate side and this is the House side. They are in front of the two Chambers.

Senator MonRONEY. Is this a little triangular quadrant about 200 feet by 100 feet?

Mr. PINCUs. About a quarter of an acre, each.

Mr. STEwART. It was proposed to develop these two triangles into parklike resting areas, planted with flowerbeds, flowering trees and shrubs. Nine granite benches were to be placed around each area, and each triangle was to contain a small granite pool, complete with appurtenances.

The existing defective sidewalks were to be removed and replaced with new exposed aggregate sidewalks and additional walks of exposed aggregate paving were to be constructed, leading into the pool areas. The House committee, in eliminating funds for this item, deferred the proposed improvements without prejudice to their merits. We do not ask for restoration of the cut for 1967.

PARTIAL ALLOWANCE OF REQUESTED NEW EMPLOYEES

We also asked under this appropriation item $43,203 for seven addi, tional gardeners and one additional tree culture worker helper. Of the seven gardeners requested, three were asked for care of the areas to be landscaped in the early part of the fiscal year 1967 above the two underground garages being constructed in squares 637 and 691, adjacent to the House Office Buildings. Senator MoNRONEY. That is the rear of the office building? Mr. STEwART. Yes, sir; south of the building. One was for care and maintenance of landscaped areas, south of Independence Avenue, surrounding the Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings, which have recently been planted with flowering trees 'd shrubs; one for care and maintenance of landscaped areas, north

of Constitution Avenue, surrounding the Old and New Senate Office Buildings—the areas surrounding the Old Senate Office Building having been extensively planted with flowering trees and shrubs during the past year; one to augment the present gardener force for maintaining the old Capitol Grounds located between Constitution and Independence Avenues.

The House committee cut $35,500 of this request-allowing only two of the additional positions requested.

Senator MONRONEY. That is only two out of the seven?

Mr. STEWART. Two of the seven gardeners requested. The committee did not specify which of the two gardener positions were actually approved.

We accept the cut of the tree culture worker helper and of four of the seven gardener positions, but appeal for restoration of one of the gardener positions cut.

If this appeal is granted, it would add $5,429 to the amount allowed by the House, and the appropriation would then provide for three additional gardeners for 1967–one for Capitol Grounds areas south of Independence Avenue; one for Capitol Grounds areas north of Constitution Avenue; and one for Capitol Grounds areas between Independence and Constitution Avenues. This would aid materially in the proper maintenance of the Capitol Grounds.

REPAIR OF MAIN LIBRARY BUILDING MARBLE FLOORS

Under the "Library buildings and grounds, structural and mechanical care" appropriation, the Architect and the Librarian both asked that a budget item of $31,000 for continuing the work of repairs to the marble floors in the main Library Building be reduced for 1967 from $31,000 to $10,000. It was originally intended to make repairs to the marble floor in both the east and west lobbies of the ground floor, in 1967, but it now develops that the west lobby should be deferred until a later date, as the present traffic in the west lobby is too great to permit both of the lobbies to be done at the same time without a considerable amount of disruption and inconvenience. The House committee reduced this item by $21,000 as requested. No other cut was made.

LIBRARY BUILDINGS FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

Under the "Library buildings and grounds, furniture and furnishings” appropriation, a general cut of $24,000 was made-reducing the budget request from $349,000 to $325,000. We do not appeal restoration of this cut.

REPAIRING METAL DOORS AND WINDOW FRAMES OF BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY

Under the appropriation of $538,000 requested for 1967 for maintenance and operation of the Botanic Garden, a cut of $28,000 was made. This cut covered a request for funds for cleaning, refinishing, and repairing the metal doors and window frames and grilles in the main conservatory, which have not had a major cleaning or refinishing in the 33 years in which the conservatory has been occupied. The House committee, in deferring this item, did so without prejudice, recognizing it as a good project on the grounds of appearance, but one that can wait. We do not request restoration of this cut for 1967.

JUSTIFICATION FOR APPROPRIATION INCREASES

At this point, it is customary to insert in the record pages 4 to 9, inclusive, of the justifications, which contain a detail of increases under each appropriation; also, a comparative table of 1966 appropriations and 1967 appropriation requests. I present them for insertion at this point.

(The justification follows:)
The gross budget increase of $1,652,100 is summarized as follows:

PERSONAL SERVICES

$199, 917

29, 705

Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by Public Law

763, 83d Cong----Increased pay costs authorized by Public Law 89–301, Federal Em

ployees Salary Act of 1965_Within-grade salary advancements and other changes authorized by

the Classification Act--Overtime and holiday pay increased costs-Additional positions :

Salaries, Office of the Architect of the Capitol: 1 architectural

engineer, GS-13; 1 payroll clerk, GS-5--Capitol Grounds: 7 gardeners, wage-board 6; 1 tree culture worker

helper, wage-board 5---House Office Buildings: 1 stonemason, wage-board 9; 1 labor fore

man, wage-board 5; 5 night laborers, wage-board 3.

23, OSS 20.000

17. 690

43, 203

32. 157

Total.--

365, 760

OTHER ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS

Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854, 84th Cong-
Payment to employees' compensation fund, Public Law 86-767..
All other items.--

2. 0035 13. 873 57. 9

Total--

96, $10

SPECIAL NONRECURRING MAINTENANCE ITEMS
Capitol Grounds, Senate Office Buildings, House Office Buildings,

Capitol Power Plant-----
Library buildings and grounds..

179, 500 1, 010. 00

Total ----

1, 189, 500

Total gross increase requested for 1967-

1, 6.52, 100)

A breakdown of the annual and nonrecurring maintenance items of increase follows:

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Salaries, Office of the Architect of the Capitol:

Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763, 83d Čong--
Increased pay costs authorized by Public Law 89–301,

Federal Employees Salary Act of 1965.
Within-grade salary advancements and other changes,

Classification Act..
Overtime and holiday pay increased costs..

2 additional positions:
1 Architectural-engineer, GS-13 at $12,510 per annum;

payroll clerk, Gs-5 at $5,180 per annum Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854 84th Cong...

Total... Capitol buildings:

Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763, 83d Cong..
Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854, 84th

Cong.
Payment to employees' compensation fund, Public Law

86-767.
Annual painting
Supplies and materials.

Total.... Capitol grounds:

Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763, 83d Cong Overtime and holiday pay increased costs. 8 additional positions:

7 gardeners, wage-board 6, at $5,429 per annum each;

1 tree culture worker helper, WB-5 at $5,200 per

annum.
Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854, 84th

Cong...
Additions to water supply system to Capitol...
Landscape improvements, northeast and southeast tri-
angles at Capitol Plaza..

Total.
Senate office buildings:
Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763,83d Cong...
Increased pay costs authorized by Public Law 89-301, Fed-

eral Employees Salary Act of 1965-
Within-grade salary advancements and other changes,

Classification Act
Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854,84th Cong-
Equipment: Replacement ofrugs, new building
Equipment: Purchase ofend table lamps...

Total.
Senate garage:
Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763, 83d Cong...
Supplies and materials: Replacement of fluorescent lighting
tubes.

Total
House office buildings:
Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763, 83d Cong...
Increased pay costs authorized by Public Law 89-301, Fed-

eral Employees Salary Act of 1965.
Within-grade salary advancements and other changes,

Classification Act
7 additional positions:

1 stonemason, wage-board 9, at $6,157 per annum, 1

labor foreman, wage-board 5, at $5,200 per annum;
5 night laborers, wage-board 3 at $4,160 per annum

each.
Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854, 84th

Cong....
Annual painting -
Inseet and pest control.

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4, 600 10,000

500

Library building and grounds, structural and mechanical care:

Increased pay costs, wage-board employees, authorized by

Public Law 763, 83d Cong.
Within-grade salary advancements, Classification Act..
Overtime and holiday pay increased costs.
Contribution to retirement fund, Public Law 854, 84th

Cong...
Maintenance and repairs, air-conditioning and refrigeration

systems.
Supplies and materials,
Annual care of grounds.
Repairs to marble floor tile, main building.
Clean and restore ceiling and wall decorations, main build-

31, 000

10.000
30.000
50,000

ing.
Installation of floor tile, main building
Improved lighting, ollice areas, both buildings
Clean and refinish bronze doors, west entrance, first floor,

main building.
Air conditioning, deck 1, south, annex.
Replacement of garage doors, east side, main building
Fireproofing pipe and duct openings, annex.
Roof repairs, main building.
Pointing exterior stonework, main building.
Replacement of book conveyors, annex.
Replacement of three passenger elevators in bookstacks,

main building..
Installation of additional elevator, annex.
Construction changes, cellar areas, annex..
Installation of fire sprinkler systems, cellar areas, annex..
Materials handling and cleaning equipment.
Repairs and replacements, sidewalks surrounding main
building..

Total..

2, 500 10.000 3,500 3, 500 5,000

9, 500 200,000 136,000 125,000 115,000 30.000 10,000

35,000

16,700

16,500

806, 000

5.000
10.000

23.00
4,000

10, 20
5,600
2,500

13 m
3.00

Library buildings and grounds, furniture and furnishings:

Annual maintenance and repair, Oflice machines and de.

vices
Replacement of typewriters
Furniture for new employees
Card catalog cases. Copyright omice
Bookkeeping machines, Copyright Office and Office of

Fiscal Services
Duplicator, offset, Office of the Secretary.
Adding and calculating machines
File cabinets, metal, Office of the Secretary and Prints and

Photographs Division
Checkstand equipment, Buildings and Grounds Division..
Chairs, Law Library reading rooms.
Dictating and transcribing machines, Reference Depart-

ment
Rotary power files, Loan Division
Card catalog cases, Processing and Reference Department.
Microfilm reading machines, Stack and Reader Division..
Recording equipment, Music Division
Motion picture equipment Prints and Photographs Divi-

sion
Book racks, Stack and Reader Division.
Exbibit cases, Exhibits Office
Equipment and office machines, Card Division.

Total
Grand total gross increase 1967, maintenance and con-

struction.

1,500 19,500

5,000

3.100

81.000

15.000! 204,00

1

365, 760

36,840 '1.159.500 1.652, 100

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