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WELFARE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1960
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
UNITED STATES SENATE
MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF
JUNE 30, 1960, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1959
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
LISTER HILL, Alabama, Chairman DENNIS CHAVEZ, New Mexico
THOMAS H. KUCHEL, California RICHARD B. RUSSELL, Georgia
MARGARET CHASE SMITH, Maine WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska JOHN STENNIS, Mississippi
GORDON ALLOTT, Colorado JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island
STYLES BRIDGES, New Hampshire, A. S. MIKE MONRONEY, Oklahoma
ex officio ALAN BIBLE, Nevada ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia CHAIRMAN CARL HAYDEN, Arizona, ex officio
HERMAN E. DOWNEY, Clerk to Subcommittee
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, at 10 a.m., pursuant to notice, in room F-82, the Capitol, Hon. Lister Hill (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding. Present: Senators Hill, Chavez, Stennis, Byrd, and Hayden.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
STATEMENT OF HON JAMES P. MITCHELL, SECRETARY OF LABOR;
ACCOMPANIED BY JAMES T. O'CONNELL, UNDER SECRETARY OF LABOR; JAMES E. DODSON, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY; AND V. S. HUDSON, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY
PROGRAM AND FINANCIAL NEEDS
Senator HILL. The committee will come to order.
We are honored to have with us this morning the Secretary of Labor, James P. Mitchell.
Mr. Secretary, we shall be pleased to hear from you at this time. Secretary MITCHELL. Mr. Chairman, I have a prepared statement which I wish to read.
Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate this opportunity to present the department's program and financial needs for 1960.
I would like to deviate to some extent from the pattern I have used in the past of talking on each bureau's appropriation estimate. I think that the committee is well aware of the activities of the several bureaus and detailed testimony will be presented by the appropriate bureau head on each appropriation.
Therefore, this presentation is directed toward the major changes between 1959 and 1960.
FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF THE TOTALS The total departmental estimate for 1960 is $571,615,400 as compared to $1,220,475,015, estimated to be available in 1959. This is a decrease of $648,859,615.
Of the total 1960 estimate $45,931,400—about 8 percent—is for the operation of the Department of Labor at the Federal level. The balance is for grants to States, or for benefit payments to unemployed or injured workers covered under various Federal statutes.
DECREASES A. The expiration of the law providing for temporary unemployment compensation:
By way of explanation, since the submission of these estimates Public Law 86-7 has been enacted providing for the extension of temporary unemployment compensation benefit payments to June 30, and the supplemental appropriation bill now pending in the Senate makes the unexpended balances of 1958 fiscal year appropriation for temporary unemployment compensation available through September 30, 1959.
This will provide funds for both benefit payments and for the liquidation of the program. It is now estimated that there will be unexpended at the close of this program $142,354,500.
B. An anticipated decrease in unemployment insurance payments to veterans and federal employees:
C. Nonrecurring employee compensation benefit payments: In arriving at our 1960 budget request we have assumed that supplemental funds for 1959 will be made available to cover
(a) 1959 Pay Act costs, and
(6) New legislation enacted by the last session of Congress on maritime safety, pension welfare plans disclosure, and per
manent unemployment compensation for ex-servicemen. In addition, there will be a nonrecurring item of employee's compensation benefits to widows of reservists covered under the Federal Employee Compensation Act.
The major dollar changes are as follows: (a) $91,805 for increased postal rates.
(6) $987,500 to annualize the cost of the new legislation enacted by the last session of Congress.
(c) $13,150,000 for a variety of uncontrollable costs applicable to the State employment security program—this is offset by program decrease of $10,042,000, leaving a net change of $3,108,000.
(d) $252,500 for the cost of converting certain statistics to a new standard industrial code applicable to all Government agencies.
(e) $132,795 for the extra day of pay in 1960.
(9) $886,000 due to the transfer of the labor force data program from the Department of Commerce and for improving the program of determining labor requirements.
The first five items listed are normally considered beyond administrative control since they are caused by some legislative action or are due to a rise in fixed operating costs.
PROPOSED PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS I would now like to discuss some major areas of program improvement.