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under this act the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to prepare such forms as shall be suitable and approved by the corporation, to be held in the Treasury subject to delivery, upon order of the corporation. The engravedl plates, dies, bed pieces, etc., executed in connection therewith shall remain in the custody of the Secretary of the Treasury. The corporation shall reimburse the Secretary of the Treasury for any expenses incurred in the preparation, custody, and delivery of such notes, debentures, bonds, or other obligations.

SEC. 12. When designated for that purpose by the Secretary of the Treasury, the corporation shall be a depositary of public money, except receipts from customs, under such regulations as may be prescribed by said Secretary; and it may also be employed as a financial agent of the Government; and it shall perform all such reasonable duties, as depositary of public money and financial agent of the Government, as may be required of it. Notes, debentures, bonds, or other such obligations of the corporation shall be lawful investments, and may be accepted as security, for all fiduciary, trust and public funds the investment or deposit of which shall be under the authority or control of the United States or any officer or officers thereof.

Sec. 13. Upon the expiration of the period of one year within which the corporation may make loans, or of any extension thereof by the President under the authohrity of this act, the board of directors of the corporation shall, except as otherwise herein specifically authorized, proceed to liquidate its assets and wind up its affairs. It may with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury deposit with the Treasurer of the United States as a special fund any money belonging to the corporation or from time to time received by it in the course of liquidation or otherwise, for the payment of principal and interest of its oustanding obligations or for the purpose of redemption of such obligations in accordance with the terms thereof, which fund may be drawn upon or paid out for no other purpose. The corporation may also at any time pay to the Treasurer of the United States as miscellaneous receipts any money belonging to the corporation or from time to time received by it in the course of liquidation or otherwise in excess of reasonable amounts reserved to meet its requirements during liquidation. Upon such deposit being made, such amount of the capital stock of the corporation as may be specified by the corporation with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury but not exceeding in par value the amount so paid in shall be canceled and retired. Any balance remaining after the liquidation of all the corporation's assets and provision being made for payment of all legal obligations of any kind and character shall be paid to the Treasurer of the United States as miscellaneous receipts. Thereupon the corporation shall be dissolved and the residue, if any, of its caital stock shall be canceled and retired.

SEC. 14. If at the expiration of the ten years for which the corporation has succession hereunder its board of directors shall not have completed the liquidation of its assets and the winding up of its affairs, the duty of completing such liquidation and winding up of its affairs shall be transferred to the Secretary of the Treasury, who for such purpose shall succeed to all the powers and duties of the board of directors of the corporation under this act. In such event he may assign to any officer or officers of the United States in the Treasury Department the exercise and performance, under his general supervi. sion and direction, of any such powers and duties; and nothing herein shall be construed to affect any right or privilege accrued, and any penalty or liability incurred, any criminal or civil proceeding commenced, or any authority conferred hereunder, except as herein provided in connection with the liquidation of the remaining assets and the winding up of the affairs of the corporation, until the Secretary of the Treasury shall find that such liquidation will no longer be advantageous to the United States and that all of its legal obligations have been provided for, whereupon he shall retire any capital stock then outstanding, pay into the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts the unused balance of the money belonging to the corporation, and make the final report of the corporation to the Congress. Thereupon the corporation shall be deemed to be dissolved.

SEC. 15. The corporation shall annually make a report of its operations to the Congress as soon as practicable after the 1st day of January in each year,

SEC. 16. (a) Whoever makes any statement knowing it to be false, or whoever wilfully overvalues any security, for the purpose of obtaining for himself or for any applicant any loan, or extension thereof by renewal, deferment of uction, or otherwise, or the acceptance, release, or substitution of security therefor, or for the purpose of influencing in any way the action of the corporation, under this act, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment for not more than two years, or both.

(b) Whoever (1) falsely makes, forges, or counterfeits any note, debenture, bond, or other obligation, or coupon, in imitation of or purporting to be a note, debenture, bond, or other obligation, or coupon, issued by the corporation, or (2) passes, utters or publishes, or attempts to pass, utter or publish, any false, forged or counterfeited note, debenture, bond, or other obligation, or coupon, purporting to have been issued by the corporation, knowing the same to be false, forged or counterfeited, or (3) falsely alters any note, debenture, bond, or other obligation, or coupon, issued or purporting to have been issued by the corporation, or (4) passes, utters or publishes, or attempts to pass, utter or publish, as true any falsely altered or spurious note, debenture, bond, or other obligation, or coupon, issued or purporting to have been issued by the corporation, knowing the same to be falsely altered or spurious, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

(c) Whoever, being connected in any capacity with the corporation, (1) embezzles, abstracts, purloins, or willfully misapplies any moneys, funds, securities, or other things of value, whether belonging to it or pledged or otherwise entrusted to it, or (2) with intent to defraud the corporation or any other body politic or corporate, or any individual, or to deceive any officer, auditor, or examiner of the corporation, makes any false entry in any book, report, or statement of or to the corporation, or without being duly authorized, draws any order or issues, puts forth or assigns any note, debenture, bond, or other obligation, or draft, bill of exchange, mortgage, judgment, or decree thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

(d) No individual, association, partnership, or corporation shall use the words “Reconstruction Finance Corporation,” or a combination of these three words, as the name or a part thereof under which he or it shall do business. Every individual, partnership, association, or corporation violating this prohibition shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.

(e) The provisions of sections 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, and 117 of the Criminal Code of the United States (U. S. C. title 18, ch. 5, secs. 202 to 207, inclusive), in so far as applicable, are extended to apply to contracts or agreements with the corporation under this act, which for the purposes hereof shall be held to include loans, advances, discounts, and rediscounts; extensions and renewals thereof; and acceptances, releases, and substitutions of security therefor.

The Secret Service Division of the Treasury Department is authorized to detect, arrest, and deliver into the custody of the United States marshal having jurisdiction any person committing any of the offenses punishable under this section.

SEC. 17. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, or part of this act shall for any reason be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder of this act, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

[H. R. 5116, Seventy-second Congress, first session)

A BILL To create a national relief finance corporation and provide credits for industries

and enterprises in the United States and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

TITLE 1.-NATIONAL RELIEF FINANCE CORPORATION

That the Secretary of the Treasury and four additional persons (who shall be the directors first appointed as hereinafter provided), are hereby created a body corporate and politic in deed and in law by the name, style, and title of the “National Relief Finance Corporation (herein called the corporation), and shall have succession for a period of five years: Provided, That in no event shall the corporation exercise any of the powers conferred by this act,

except such as are incidental to the liquidation of its assets and the winding up of its affairs after six months following a proclamation by the President of the United States that there is no further need or use for the National Relief Finance Corporation.

SEC. 2. That the capital stock of the corporation shall be $1,000,000, all of which shall be subscribed by the United States of America, and such subscription shall be subject to call upon the vote of three-fifths of the board of directors of the corporation with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, and at such time or times as may be deemed advisable; and there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $1,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for the purpose of making payments upon such subscription when and as called. Receipts for payments by the United States of America for or on account of such stock shall be issued by the corporation to the Secretary of the Treasury, and shall be evidence of stock ownership.

SEC. 3. That the management of the corporation shall be vested in a board of directors, consisting of the Secretary of the Treasury, who shall be chairman of the board, and four other persons, to be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. No director, officer, attorney, agent, or employee of the corporation shall in any manner, directly or indirectly, participate in the determination of any question affecting his personal interest, or the interest of any corporation, partnership, or association in which he is directly or indirectly interested ; and each director shall devote his time, not otherwise required by the business of the United States, principally to the business of the corporation. Before entering upon his duties, each of the four directors so appointed, and each officer, shall take an oath faithfully to discharge the duties of his office. Nothing contained in this or any other act shall be construed to prevent the appointment as a director of the corporation of any officer or employee under the United States or of a director of a Federal reserve bank. Of the four directors so appointed, the President of the United States shall designate two to serve for two years and two for four years, and thereafter each director so appointed shall serve for four years. Whenever a vacancy shall occur among the directors so appointed, the person appointed director to fill any such vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of the member whose place he is selected to fill. Any director shall be subject to removal by the President of the United States. Three members of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

SEC. 4. That the four directors of the corporation appointed as hereinbefore provided shall receive annual salaries, payable monthly, of $10,000. Any director receiving from the United States any salary or compensation for services shall not receive as salary from the corporation any amount which, together with any salary or compensation received from the United States, would make the total amount paid to him by the United States and by the corporation exceed $10,000.

SEC. 5. That the principal office of the corporation shall be located in the District of Columbia, but there may be established agencies or branch offices in any city or cities of the United States under rules and regulations prescribed by the board of directors.

SEC. 6. That the corporation shall be empowered and authorized to adopt, alter, and use a corporate seal; to make contracts; to purchase or lease and hold or dispose of such real estate as may be necessary for the prosecution of its business; to sue and be sued; to complain and defend in any court of competent jurisdiction, State or Federal; to appoint, by its board of directors, and fix the compensation of such officers, employees, attorneys, and agents as are necessary for the transaction of the business of the corporation, to define their duties, require bonds of them and fix the penalties thereof, and to dismiss at pleasure such officers, employees, attorneys, and agents; and to prescribe, amend, and repeal, by its board of directors, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, by-laws regulating the manner in which its general business may be conducted and the privileges granted to it by law may be exercised and enjoyed, and prescribing the powers and duties of its officers and agents.

SEC. 7. That the corporation shall be empowered and authorized to make advances, upon such terms, not inconsistent herewith, as it may prescribe, for periods not exceeding five years from the respective dates of such advances :

(1) To any bank, banker, or trust company, in the United States, which shall have made after June 30, 1931, and which shall have outstanding, any loan or loans to any person, firm, corporation, or association, conducting an established and going business in the United States and which loan or loans are evidenced by note or notes, but no such advance shall exceed 75 per centum of the face value of the loan or loans; and

(2) To any bank, banker, or trust company, in the United States, which shall have rendered financial assistance, directly or indirectly, to any such person, firm, corporation, or association by the purchase after June 30, 1931, of its bonds or other obligations, but no such advance shall exceed 75 per centum of the value of such bonds or other obligations at the time of such advance, as estimated and determined by the board of directors of the corporation.

All advances shall be made upon the promissory note or notes of such bank, banker, or trust company, secured by the notes, bonds, or other obligations, which are the basis of any such advance by the corporation, together with all the securities, if any, which such bank, banker, or trust company may hold as collateral for such notes, bonds, or other obligations.

The corporation shall, however, have power to make advances (a) up to 100 per centum of the face value of any such loan made by any such bank, banker, or trust company to any such person, firm, corporation, or association, and (b) up to 100 per centum of the value at the time of any such advance (as estimated and determined by the board of directors of the corporation) of such bonds or other obligations by the purchase of which financial assistance shall have been rendered to such person, firm, corporation, or association : Provided, That every such advance shall be secured in the manner described in the preceding part of this section, and in addition thereto by collateral security, to be furnished by the bank, banker, or trust company, of such charac· ter as shall be prescribed by the board of directors, of a value, at the time of such advance (as estimated and determined by the board of directors of the corporation), equal to at least 25 per centum of the amount advanced by the corporation. The corporation shall retain power to require additional security at any time.

SEC. 8. That the corporation shall be empowered and authorized to make advances from time to time, upon such terms, not inconsistent herewith, as it may prescribe, for periods not exceeding one year, to any savings bank, banking institution, or trust company, in the United States, which receives savings deposits, or to any building and loan association in the United States, on the promissory note or notes of the borrowing institution, whenever the corporation shall deem such advances to be necessary or contributory to the general welfare: Provided, That such note or notes shall be secured by the pledge of securities of such character as shall be prescribed by the board of directors of the corporation, the value of which, at the time of such advance (as estimated and determined by the board of directors of the corporation), shall be equal in amount to at least 133 per centum of the amount of such advance. The rate of interest charged on any such advance shall not be less than 1 per centum per annum in excess of the rate of discount for ninety-day commercial paper prevailing at the time of such advance at the Federal reserve bank of the district in which the borrowing institution is located, but such rate of interest shall in no case be greater than the average rate receivable by the borrowing institution on its loans and investments made during the six months prior to the date of the advance, except that where the average rate so receivable by the borrowing institution is less than such rate of discount for ninety-day commercial paper the rate of interest on such advance shall be equal to such rate of discount. The corporation shall retain power to require additional security at any time.

Sec. 9. That the corporation shall be empowered and authorized, in exceptional cases, to make advances directly to any person, firm, corporation, or association, conducting an established and going business in the United States, whose operations shall be necessary for the general welfare (but only for the purpose of conducting such business in the United States and only when in the opinion of the board of directors of the corporation such person, firm, corporation, or association is unable to obtain funds upon reasonable terms through banking channels or from the general public), for periods not exceeding five years from the respective dates of such advances, upon such terms, and subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the board of directors of the corporation. In no case shall the aggregate amount of the advances made under this section exceed at any one time an amount equal to 1212 per centum of the sum of (1) the authorized capital stock of the corporation plus (2) the aggregate amount of bonds of the corporation authorized to be outstanding ut

any one time when the capital stock is fully paid in. Every such advance shall be secured by adequate security of such character as shall be prescribed by the board of directors of a value at the time of such advance (as estimated and determined by the board of directors), equal to at least 125 per centum of the amount advanced by the corporation. The corporation shall retain power to require additional security at any time. The rate of interest charged on any such advance shall not be less than 1 per centum per annum in excess of the rate of discount for ninety-day commercial paper prevailing at the time of such advance at the Federal reserve bank of the district in which the borrower is located.

SEC. 10. That in no case shall the aggregate amount of the advances made under this title to any one person, firm, corporation, or association exceed at any one time an amount equal to 10 per centum of the authorized capital stock of the corporation.

Sec. 11. That the corporation shall be empowered and authorized to subscribe for, acquire, and own, buy, sell, and deal in bonds and obligations of the United States issued or converted after September 24, 1917, to such extent as the board of directors, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, may from time to time determine.

SEC. 12. That the corporation shall be empowered and authorized to issue and have outstanding at any one time its bonds in an amount aggregating not more than six times its paid-in capital, such bonds to mature not less than one year nor more than five years from the respective dates of issue, and to bear such rate or rates of interest, and may be redeemable before maturity at the option of the corporation, as may be determined by the board of directors, but such rate or rates of interest shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury. Such bonds shall have a first and paramount floating charge on all the assets of the corporation, and the corporation shall not at any time mortgage or pledge any of its assets. Such bonds may be issued at not less than par in payment of any advances authorized by this title, or may be offered for sale publicly or to any individual, firm, corporation, or association, at such price or prices as the board of directors, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, may determine.

Upon such terms not inconsistent herewith as may be determined from time to time by the board of directors, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, at or before the issue thereof, any of such bonds may be issued pay. able in any foreign money or foreign moneys, or issued payable at the option of the respective holders thereof either in dollars or in any foreign money or foreign moneys at such fixed rate of exchange as may be stated in any such bonds. For the purpose of determining the amount of bonds issued payable in any foreign money or foreign moneys the dollar equivalent shall be determined by the par of exchange at the date of issue thereof, as estimated by the Director of the Mint and proclaimed by the Secretary of the Treasury in pursuance of the provisions of section 25 of the act entitled "An act to reduce taxation, to provide revenue for the Government, and for other purposes," approved August 27, 1894.

Sec. 13. That the Federal reserve banks shall be authorized, subject to the maturity limitations of the Federal reserve act and to regulations of the Federal Reserve Board, to discount the direct obligations of member banks secured by such bonds of the corporation and to rediscount elibible paper secured by such bonds and indorsed by a member bank. No discount or rediscount under this section shall be granted at a less interest charge than 1 per centum per annum above the prevailing rates for eligible commercial paper of corresponding maturity,

Any Federal reserve bank may, with the approval of the Federal Reserve Board, use any obligation or paper so acquired for any purpose for which it is authorized to use obligations or paper secured by bonds or notes of the United States not bearing the circulation privilege: Provided, however, That whenever Federal reserve notes are issued against the security of such obligations or paper the Federal Reserve Board may make a special interest charge on such notes, which, in the discretion of the Federal Reserve Board, need not be applicable to other Federal reserve notes which may from time to time be issued and outstanding. All provisions of law, not inconsistent herewith, in respect to the acquisition by any Federal reserve bank of obligations or paper secured by such bonds or notes of the United States, and in respect to Federal reserve notes issued against the security of such obligations or paper, shall extend, in so far as applicable, to the acquisition of obligations or paper secured

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