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bills. So it is hard to tell how much time is spent on any particular one.
Mr. ANDREWS. You have a total of 18 employees requested for 1968, which is the same number you had in 1967.
Mr. CRAFT. We have carried that figure forward. That is what we have now, except we have a vacancy on the clerical staff as of today. Jr. ANDREWS. How inany people do you have on the payroll now? Mr. CRAFT. We have 17 plus the vacancy and then we have one temporary employee at the present time at an annual rate of $3,149.
Mr. ANDREWS. You plan to have 18 on your payroll during fiscal 1968!
Mr. CRAFT. We hope to add an attorney. We have already selected another attorney. That would make 13 attorneys and six clerks, which has been our regular number. I think we will need to have clerical help too. Mr. ANDREWS. How many? Mr. CRAFT. One additional full time, I would think. Mr. ANDREWS. That will give you a total of 20 ? Mr. (RAFT. Yes. Mr. ANDREWS. The chart shows your business is continuing to climb. Is that correct? Jr. CRAFT. Yes, increase. Jir. ANDREWS. What is the average length of service of your staff, f you know? Tell us something about your current setup and work
Mr. CRAFT. We have what we think is a career service. Vr. ANDREWS. How long have you been with the service? Jr. CRAFT. I came on December 5, 1941, 2 days before Pearl Harbor Dei, except for about 2 years in the military service, have been here ince. Some of the senior attorneys have been here ranging up to 21 years, and then it ranges down to the attorney we added last summer who has been here not quite a year. Ur. ANDREWS. How was this office created ? Jr. CRAFT. It was created in the Revenue Act of 1918 which became s in February of 1919. Mr. Middleton Beaman came down from olumbia University to demonstrate the value of bill drafting assistbre, and as a result of that the office was created. Jr. ANDREWS. In addition to your office, almost every committee has ransel! Mr. CRAFT. They have professional staff, yes. 3. ANDREWS. You are primarily interested in drafting legislation ? Mr.CRAFT. Drafting legislation is our function. Mr. ANDREWS. Are there any questions about this item? Mr. WYMAX. I have one question. Mfr. Craft, do you operate the Office of Legislative Counsel on a trictly nonpartisan basis? Mr. CRAFT. Yes, sir. Jr. WYMAN. You furnish the services to members of either party pon request? Mr. CRAFT. That is correct.
JI. WYMAN. Is this also true in respect to the time assignments of members of your staff of the Legislative Counsel? If a Member calls fra bill. equal time is given as the job requires ?
For six minority employees, $125,200, this is the same as appropriated for 1967.
These are the special and minority employees of officers of the
Mr. STEED. The difference of approximately $4,000 is the automatic
Mr. JENNINGS. The automatic increases in the classification and the health benefits. Mr. STEED. Any questions on this item ? (No response.)
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC STEERING COMMITTEE
Mr. STEED. We will go to the next item on page 25 of the bill.
Mr. JENNINGS. The next is the House Democratic Steering Com mittee.
For the House Democratic Steering Committee, $47,800, compare with $42,660 appropriated for 1967, or an increase of $5,140. Thi estimate was submitted as requested.
Mr. STEED. Who made the request for the $5,140 increase?
Mr. JENNINGS. Mr. Madden is chairman of that committee, and would assume it was made by Mr. Madden.
Mr. STEED. According to page 25 of our print, the increase is a signed to their lump-sum allocation.
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir, that is correct. Mr. STEED. Any questions on this item? (No response.)
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE Mr. STEED. We will take up the next item.
Mr. JENNINGS. The next is the House Republican Conference Co mittee, on page 26 of the committee print.
This reflects the same increase as the Democratic Steering Ca mittee, and for exactly the same reason, $47,800, compared with $42,0 appropriated for 1967, or an increase of $5,140. This estimate was submitted as requested.
$42, 660.00 29, 775.76 12,884.24
Mr. STEED. Will this be for the same situation as applied to the other item?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir. Melvin Laird is the chairman of that group, and we have letters signed by Mr. Laird and signed by Mr.
Mr. STEED. Any questions on this item ? (No response.)
OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY FLOOR LEADER Vr. STEED. We shall go to the next item appearing on page 27 of the print.
Mr. JENNINGS. The next item is the "Office of the Majority Floor Leader."
For the Office of the Majority Floor Leader including $3,000 for the official expenses of the majority floor leader, $102,500; this is the same as appropriated for 1967.
appropriate of the majority door Leader inclı
Mr. STEED. The justifications show that in the 1966 budget there was m item of $10,417.60 unused, and as of February 28 there was $37,
22 still available for this year. Is the present rate about the same as hat year? Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir, it is, except for the ordinary increases. Mr. STEED. Traditionally, the majority floor leader's office does not mase the full amount.
Mr. JENNINGS. Very seldom do they use it, but we have no way of kowing when the majority or minority leader will use the full amount, so we request the full amount.
Mr. STEED. The increase in the amount is the automatic pay increase? Mr.JENNINGS. That is correct.
OFFICE OF THE MINORITY FLOOR LEADER Vr. STEED. We shall go to the next item on page 28. Vfr. JENNINGS. That is the "Office of the Minority Floor Leader."
For the Office of the Minority Floor Leader, including $3,000 for the official expenses of the minority floor leader, $93,100, compared with $93,050 appropriated for 1967, or an increase of $50.
We will show in a few places an increase of $50, but it represents no monetary increase. It is just an increase adjusting to the even figure. Last year it happened to fall down and this year it comes up closer to the even figure. In fairness, it is not an increase to the minority floor leader of $50. It is an increase that shows up in the bookkeeping. We have this in a few other instances as well.
Mr. STEED. The tabulation in the justification on page 25 indicates that this item has been drawn on even less up to this point than in the majority leader's office. This would indicate sufficient remains to finish the year.
Mr. JENNINGS. I would think so; yes, sir. I do not think there is any doubt that there will be sufficient funds to finish the year. Mr. STEED. Any questions on this item? (No response.)
OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY WHIPS Mr. STEED. The next item appears on page 29 of the committe print.
Mr. JENNINGS. The next item is the Office of the Majority Whip.
For the Office of the Majority Whip, $69,000, compared with $68,95 appropriated for 1967, or an increase of $50.
For the Office of the Minority Whip, $69,000, compared with $68,9 appropriated for 1967, or an increase of $50.
This is the same as requested last year, although, as in the previd item, it shows a $50 increase. This is a bookkeeping increase rat] than a dollar increase.
Mr. STEED. The same is true for the minority whip?
Mr. JENNINGS. That is correct. As of February we have $27,906.89 in the Office of the Minority Whip, and $27,599.78 in the Office of the Majority Whip.
As you have said, Mr. Chairman, that indicates there will be sufficient funds to finish out the year.
Mr. STEED. Are there any questions on the minority and majority whip items? (No response.)
Two PRINTING CLERKS FOR Caucus Rooms Mr. STEED. We shall go to the next item on page 31 for the two printing clerks.
Mr. JENNINGS. For two printing clerks, one for the majority caucus room and one for the minority caucus room, to be appointed by the majority and minority leaders, respectively, $17,000, compared with $16,985 appropriated for 1967, or an increase of $15.
This is the same bookkeeping adjustment which is necessary.
Mr. JENNINGS. It is a rounding out figure, yes, sir. There is no increase per se requested there.
Mr. STEED. Does this mean the two heads of these activities draw an equal salary of $8,472 each? Mr.JENNINGS. Yes, sir, that is correct.
Mr. STEED. Do you know how long this program has been in existence ?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes. It was authorized by House Resolution 295, the first session of the 78th Congress, July 7, 1943. I have a copy of that resolution here, Mr. Chairman. If you like, I can submit it for the record at this time.
Mr. STEED. I do not think we will need it for the record. We might sve it for the committee file.
These two activities employ a number of people. How are the other workers in this activity paid?
Mr. JENNINGS. They are not carried on the payroll. They are paid out of the proceeds by the majority and the minority printing clerks and are not from appropriated funds.
Mr. STEED. Aside from the work space and the salary that each of thern draws, are all their activities matters of their concern, or has the House any official interest or connection with it at all? Who buys their equipment and supplies?
Mr.JENNINGS. Mr. Chairman, they buy their equipment themselves. We do use the facilities of the House stationery room to buy their