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STATEMENT OF THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

The managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 12571) to provide for the transportation of school children in the District of Columbia at a reduced fare, submit the following written statement in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the conferees and recommended in the accompanying conference report:

The House recedes from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, with an amendment. The Senate amendment struck out all after the enacting clause and inserted a substitute. Under the terms of this substitute the Public Utilities Commission would be empowered and directed to establish reduced rates of fare for school children, provided that such rates would not be in excess of one-half the adult fare on street cars and busses in the District of Columbia.

The amendment agreed upon by the conferees has the effect of restricting the commission to a maximum rate of 3 cents for children going to or from school.

F. N. ZIHLMAN,
CLARENCE J. MCLEOD,

MARY T. NORTON,

Managers on the part of the House. 2

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CONGRESS

ENROLLMENT OF CHILDREN OF BLACKFEET TRIBE OF

INDIANS

FEBRUARY 18, 1931.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. LEAVITT, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 17037)

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 17037) for the enrollment of children born after December 30, 1919, whose parents, or either of them, are members of the Blackfeet Tribe of Indians in the State of Montana, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass without amendment.

The purpose of this bill is to enroll the living children of the Blackfeet Tribe who have been born after December 30, 1919, the date upon which the present tribal roll was closed under previous legislation. This is unanimously requested by the Blackfeet tribal council and approved by the Secretary of the Interior and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. It would allow these children to participate in the distribution of tribal property, benefits, or money which may be hereafter distributed.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 18, 1931. Hon. Scott LEAVITT, Chairman Committee on Indian Affairs,

House of Representatives. Mr DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In compliance with your request of February 11, for a report on H. R. 17037, which is a bill providing for the enrollment of children born after December 30, 1919, whose parents, or either of them, are members of the Blackfeet Tribe of Indians in Montana, I transmit herewith a memorandum on the subject that has been submitted by Commissioner Rhoads of the Office of Indian Affairs. After a review of the proposed measure, I agree with Mr. Rhoads. Very truly yours,

Ray LYMAN WILBUR, Secretary. HR–71-3-VOL

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS,

Washington, February 17, 1931. In the attached letter of February 11, 1931, from Hon. Scott Leavitt, chairman of the House Committee on Indian Affairs request is made for report on H. R. 17037, a bill for the enrollment of children born after December 30, 1919, whose parents, or either of them, are members of the Blackfeet Tribe of Indians in the State of Montana, and for other purposes.

The bill provides, briefly, that children born to a member of the tribe after December 30, 1919, and alive six months after the enactment of the bill, are to be enrolled to share only in such tribal property, benefits, or money as may hereafter be distributed.

Under the act of June 30, 1919 (41 Stat. 3–16), these tribal rolls were closed for all purposes by this department December 30, 1919, as therein required-no additional names to be added thereafter.

As the Blackfeet tribal council has requested on behalf of the tribe that the action contemplated in the bill he had, this office sees no objection thereto. It is accordingly recommended that H. R. 17037 receive the favorable consideration of Congress.

C. J. RHOADS, Commissioner.

EXPENSE ALLOWANCE OF SERVICE PERSONNEL FOR

AIR TRAVEL ON DUTY WITHOUT TROOPS

FEBRUARY 18, 1931.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. Douglas of Arizona, from the Committee on Military Affairs,

submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany S. 17)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 17) to amend section 12 of the act entitled “An act to readjust the pay and allowances of the commissioned and enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Coast and Geodetic Survey, and Public Health Service," approved June 10, 1922, as amended, having considered the same, report thereon with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment:

Page 2, line 18, change the period to a comma and add the following language "and in formulating regulations the heads of departments shall take into consideration the actual time consumed in travel, the distance covered in travel, and the obstacles and interruptions encountered in travel."

Section 12 of the pay readjustment to which this language is to be added reads as follows:

Sec. 12. That officers of any of the services mentioned in the title of this act, when traveling under competent orders without troops, shall receive a mileage allowance at the rate of 8 cents per mile, distance to be computed by the shortest usually traveled route and existing laws providing for the issue of transportation requests to officers of the Army traveling under competent orders, and for reduction to be made from mileage accounts when transportation is furnished by the United States, are hereby made applicable to all the services mentioned in the title of this act, but in cases when orders are given for travei to be performed repeatedly between two or more places in the same vicinity as determined by the head of the executive department concerned, he may, in his discretion, direct that actual and necessary expenses only be allowed. Actual expenses only shall be paid for travel under orders in Alaska and outside the limits of the United States in North America. Unless otherwise expressly provided by law, no officer of the services mentioned in the title of this act shall be allowed or paid any sum in excess of expenses actually incurred for subsistence while traveling on duty away from his designated post of duty, nor any sum for such expenses actually incurred

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in excess of $7 per day. The heads of the executive departments concerned are authorized to prescribe per diem rates of allowance, not exceeding $6, in lieu of subsistence to officers traveling on official business and away from their designated posts of duty.

Individuals belonging to any of the services mentioned in the title of this act, including the National Guard and the reserves of such services, traveling under competent orders which entitle them to transportation or transportation and subsistence as distinguished fro mileage, who, under regulations prescribed by the head of the department concerned, travel by privately owned conveyance shall be entitled, in lieu of transportation by the shortest usually traveled route now authorized by law to be furnished in kind, to a money allowance at the rate of 3 cents per mile for the same distance: Provided, That this provision shall not apply to any person entitled to traveling expenses under the “Subsistence expense act of 1926."

In lieu of the transportation in kind authorized by section 12 of an act entitled "An act to increase the efficiency of the commissioned and enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Coast and Geodetic Survey, and Public Health Service," approved May 18, 1920, to be funished by the United States for dependents, the President may authorize the payment in money of amounts equal to such commercial transportation costs when such travel shall have been completed. Dependent children shall be such as are defined in section 4 of this act. (As amended by act of June 1, 1926 (44 Stat. 680), as amended by act of May 29, 1928 (45 Stat. 975).)

That hereafter when any commissioned officer, noncommissioned officer of the grade of color sergeant and above, including any commissioned officer of the Marine Corps of corresponding grade, warrant officer, chief petty officer, or petty officer (first class), having a wife or dependent child or children, is ordered to make a permanent change of station, the United States shall furnish transportation in kind from funds appropriated for the transportation of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the Public Health Service to his new station for the wife and dependent child or children: Provided, That for persons in the naval service the term “permanent station," as used in this section, shall be interpreted to mean a shore station or the home yard of the vessel to which the person concerned may be ordered; and a duly authorized change in home yard or home port of such vessel shall be deemed a change of station: Provided further, That if the cost of such transportation exceeds that for transportation from the old to the new station the excess cost shall be paid to the United States by the officer concerned: Provided further, That transportation supplied the wife or dependent child or children of such officer, to or from stations beyond the continental limits of the United States, shall not be other than by Government transport, if such transportation is available: And provided further, That the personnel of the Navy shall have the benefit of all existing laws applying to the Army and Marine Corps for the transportation of household effects. (Sec. 12, act of May 18, 1920 (41 Stat. 604).)

Hereafter officers and other members of the military establishment named in this paragraph (commissioned officers, warrant officers, contract surgeons, expert accountant, Inspector General's Department, Army field clerks and field clerks of the Quartermaster Corps) performing travel on Government-owned vessels for which no transportation fare is charged shall be entitled only to reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses incurred. War Department appropriation act of April 15, 1926. (44 Stat. 259.)

Any officer or employee of the United States traveling on official business overseas to foreign countries, or to any of the possessions of the United States, shall travel and transport his personal effects on ships registered under the laws of the United States when such ships are available, unless the necessity of his mission requires the use of a ship under a foreign flag: Provided, That the Comptroller General of the United States shall not credit any allowance for travel or shipping expenses incurred on a foreign ship in the absence of satisfactory proof of the necessity therefor. (Sec. 601, act of May 22, 1928 (45 Stat. 697).)

The present law provides for reimbursement of actual travel expenses at not to exceed $8 a day for travel by air under competent orders on duty without troops. The purpose of the bill is to extend the law so as to permit per diem allowances at rates not to exceed $6 per day, in lieu of reimbursement of actual travel expenses at not to

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