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WAR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL, 1932

FEBRUARY 19, 1931.—Ordered to be printed

Mr. BARBOUR, from the committee of conference, submitted the

following

CONFERENCE REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 15593)

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 15593) making appropriations for the military and nonmilitary activities of the War Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference have agreed to recommend and to recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the Senate recede from its amendments numbered 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, 34, 35, 42, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 67, 68, 69, 73, 75, 76, and 77.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 4, 22, 23, 37, 38, 39, 45, 46, 55, 64, 65, 70, and 71, and agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 12:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 12, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert $85,413; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 19:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 19, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert $5,105,897; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 36:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 36, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert: $14,472,585; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 54:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 54, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert $31,479,635; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 66:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 66, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert $2,779,129; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 78:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 78, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:

In line 7 of the matter inserted by said amendment, before the period, insert , to be available immediately; and the Senate agree to the same.

The committee of conference have not agreed on amendments numbered 30, 32, 40, 41, 43, 44, 48, 72, and 74.

HENRY E. BARBOUR,
FRANK CLAGUE,
JOHN TABER,
Ross A. COLLINS,

WILLIAM C. WRIGHT,
Managers on the part of the House.

• DAVID A. REED,

W. L. JONES,
HIRAM BINGHAM,
WM. J. Harris,

DUNCAN U. FLETCHER,
Managers on the part of the Senate.

The managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 15593) making appropriations for the military and nonmilitary activities of the War Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932, and for other purposes, submit the following statement in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon and recommended in the accompanying conference report as to each of such amendments, namely:

Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, 33, 34, 35, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 63, 68, 69, 73, and 75: Appropriates for personal services, as proposed by the House, instead of allowing increases for promoting employees in under average grades, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 4: Appropriates for classifying and indexing the military personnel records of the World War, $250,000, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $200,000, as proposed by the House.

No. 12: Appropriates for salaries, office of Chief of Bureau of Insular Affairs, $85,413, instead of $85,033, as proposed by the House, and $85,713, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 19: Corrects a total. No. 20: Appropriates $155,000 for contingent expenses, War Department, as proposed by the House, instead of $157,000, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 21: Restores House provision in re use of funds not required in consequence of the economic survey which has been conducted by the War Department.

No. 22: Appropriates $30,000 for participation by the United States Army in the Yorktown Sesquicentennial Celebration, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 23: Appropriates $57,480, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $47,480, as proposed by the House, for contingencies, military intelligence division.

Nos. 26 to 29, both inclusive, relating to pay of the Army: Makes available $131,132 for increased pay for retired officers on active duty, as proposed by the House, instead of $168,650, as proposed by the Senate, and provides for the use of $800,000 of purchase-of-discharge funds, as proposed by the House, instead of $400,000, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 36: Appropriates $14,472,585 for Army transportation, instead of $14,442,155, as proposed by the House, and $14,506,955, as proposed by the Senate.

Nos. 37 and 38, relating to horses, draft and pack animals: Makes $132,500 available for the encouragement of the breeding of riding horses, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $120,000, as proposed by the House.

Nos. 39, 42, and 45, relating to military posts: Excepts the appropriation from the provisions of sections 1136 and 3734 of the Revised Štatutes, as proposed by the Senate; makes available $36,760 for construction at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyo., as proposed by the House, instead of $69,745, as proposed by the Senate; and reappropriates $343,784 on account of construction at Fort Lewis, Wash., and $75,000 on account of construction at Fort Benning, Ga., as proposed by the Senate.

No. 67: Appropriates $200,000 for arms, ammunition, etc., for target practice, as proposed by the House, instead of $250,000, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 46: Clarifies the text of the appropriation for barracks and quarters, as proposed by the Senate.

Nos. 54 and 55, relating to the Air Corps: Appropriates $31,479,635, instead of $31,679,635, as proposed by the House, and $31,522,295, as proposed by the Senate, and makes available for experimental and research work $2,310,377, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $2,510,377, as proposed by the House.

Nos. 60 and 61, relating to the Chemical Warfare Service: Appropriates $1,252,099, as proposed by the House, instead of $1,681,579, as proposed by the Senate, and strikes out the proposal of the Senate that $420,000 of the appropriation shall be available for gas masks.

No. 64: Appropriates $6,537,785 for the Organized Reserves, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $6,765,385, as proposed by the House.

No. 65: Appropriates $3,970,000 for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $3,960,000, as proposed by the House.

No. 66: Appropriates $2,779,129 for citizens' military training camps, instead of $2,802,754, as proposed by the House, and $2,779,849, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 70: Appropriates $40,120 for Shiloh National Military Park, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $90,120, as proposed by the House.

No. 71: Continues available until June 30, 1932, the unexpended balances of the appropriations for survey of battlefields in the vicinity of Richmond, Va., and the battlefield of Saratoga, N. Y., as proposed by the Senate.

No. 76: Strikes out the provision inserted by the Senate with respect to giving the Secretary of Agriculture authority to use $5,000,000 of the $45,000,000 appropriation for drought relief in certain ways as to aid in extending credit to farmers.

No. 77: Strikes out the provision inserted by the Senate authorizing and directing the Federal Farm Board to make available 20,000,000 bushels of wheat, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to provide food for the distressed people in various parts of the United States.

No. 78: Appropriates $7,500 for expenses of attendance of the Army Band at the Confederate Veterans' Reunion at Montgomery, Ala., in June, 1931, as proposed by the Senate, amended to be immediately available.

The managers on the part of the House have agreed to recommend that the House either recede and concur or recede and concur with amendments in the following amendments of the Senate:

No. 30: Relating to Army personnel engaging with publications carrying paid advertising.

No. 32. Relating to the purchase of oleomargarine or butter substitutes.

Nos. 40, 41, 43, and 44: Relating to an appropriation of $45,000 for construction at West Point, N. Y., and an appropriation of $12,000 for reimbursing the Gray Ladies of the Red Cross.

No. 48: Relating to the procurement of articles of the growth, production, or manufacture of the United States.

No. 72: Relating to the repair, restoration, and rehabilitation of Old Fort Niagara, N. Y.

No. 74: Relating to the construction of a public terminal for coastwise traffic in Biloxi Harbor, Miss.

HENRY E. BARBOUR,
FRANK CLAGUE,
JOHN TABER,
Ross A. COLLINS,

WILLIAM C. WRIGHT,
Managers on the part of the House.

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