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(15) The House Restaurant, for which $226,000 is specifically provided in the appropriation paragraph for payment to the Architect of the Capitol, as authorized by law, toward the upkeep and operation of House restaurants.
(16) Exchange, operation, and repair of the Clerk's motor vehicles. (17) Exchange, operation, and repairs of the Post Office motor vehicles. (18) Exchange, operation, and repairs of the Folding Room motor vehicles. (19) Hire of automobile for the Sergeant at Arms.
(20) Stationery for standing committees, officers, and departments of the House.
(21) Electrical and mechanical office equipment for the Members, including committees, officers, and departments of the House.
(22) Services and repairs to electrical and mechanical office equipment furnished under allocation No. 21.
(23) Rental of office space for Members of Congress in their home districts, as provided in the appropriation paragraph.
(24) Official expenses of Members not to exceed $300 quarterly for office expenses incurred outside the District of Columbia.
(25) Government contribution for Federal employees' group life insurance. (26) Government contribution for civil service retirement fund. (27) Contested election cases. (28) Former Speaker's automobile.
(28-A) Government contribution for Federal employees' health benefits program,
(29) Receptions for members of interparliamentary institutions.
For the fiscal year 1969, we budgeted $8,965,955; compared with $6,900,000 appropriated for 1968, or an increase of $2,065,955.
Mr. JENNINGS. I might further state for the information of the committee that all disbursements made from the appropriation for “Miscellaneous items" must receive my personal approval, and also the approval of the Committee on House Administration.
Mr. ANDREWS. Let us take up some of the items.
CLEANING MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, TOWELS, PAPER CUPS, SOAP,
AND SUNDRY ITEMS Mr. JENNINGS. The first item, “Cleaning materials, supplies, towels, paper cups, soap, and sundry items," is kind of a catchall proposition. You can see that in 1966 we spent $71,337 and in 1967 we spent $130,323, and as of February 29, 1968, we had spent $36,267.16.
PHOTOSTATS AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS The next item is "Photostats and identification cards." In 1966 we spent $2,517; in 1967 we spent $3,141; and as of February 29, 1968, we have spent $1,344.95.
Mr. ANDREWS. What is the status of that project ?
Mr. ANDREWS. I have not yet had my identification card made. Where are these made?
Mr. JENNINGS. In the Finance Office. Incidentally, while we did not do this necessarily in anticipation of any great need, it proved to be one of the finest things during this recent and present situation.
Mr. ANDREWS. How often are the cards renewed ?
Mr. JENNINGS. Each Congress. Mr. Livingston advises me that on Tuesday we had 250 people who came to get their identification cards.
Mr. ANDREWS. That is Members and employees ? Mr. JENNINGS. Primarily employees; a few Members. Mr. ANDREWS. Where is that office? Mr. JENNINGS. In the Cannon Building. We are going to ask permission to set this up just off the floor where it will be more convenient for all the Members right after Easter.
The question might be asked why we did not wait until the next Congress. We have learned a great deal by reason of doing this and we think we can improve it.
Mr. ANDREWS. Is this done in-house or by contract ?
Mr. JENNINGS. No, it is done in-house. We bought the equipment and they can check with the finance office to see that the people are actually on the payroll.
Mr. ANDREWS. How many people are working on this project? Mr. JENNINGS. We have four but they are not additional personnel. These are personnel that were aboard and on the payroll and are being utilized for this.
Mr. ANDREWS. What does the figure of $3,141 for fiscal year 1967 represent?
Mr. JENNINGS. It represents first of all these Members' identification cards.
Mr. ANDREWS. That is not personal services, is it?
Mr. JENNINGS. It is a Polaroid machine and that is included in the $3,141, practically all of it. There may be some accessories that are not included.
Mr. ANDREWS. In 1966, you had $2,517.38. Did you spend all of that! Mr. JENNINGS. Yes. Those are the expenditures.
Mr. ANDREWS. When did you buy the machine and what did you pay for it?
Mr. JENNINGS. It cost $2,446.75, the machine itself, and we bought it at the end of the last fiscal year, June 15, 1967.
Mr. ANDREWS. What does it cost to make a picture?
Mr. JENNINGS. About 33 cents. This is an identification card that has some value. It has the employee's name, his social security number, it is properly validated and it can be used for some useful purpose like cashing a check and as the chairman pointed out, it has a current picture on it. It is hard to take some of these high school pictures and identify a Member. They look so much better now than they did then. Mr. ANDREWS. Off the record. (Discussion off the record.)
REQUESTED INCREASE OVER 1968
Mr. ANDREWS. This is quite a substantial increase, Mr. Jennings. Some $2,065,000 increase. You have a supplemental pending of how much, $750,000 ?
Mr. JENNINGS. That is right. Mr. ANDREWS. If you get that supplemental, what is the outlook for the unexpended balance this coming June 30, as near as you can speculate about it?
Mr. JENNINGS. It looks as if it will be reasonably close.
MISCELLANEOUS PAYROLL ITEM
Mr. ANDREWS. On your breakdown, on page 29 of the statement, where does the item for past expenditures for the congressional summer intern program under House Resolution 416 appear?
Mr. JENNINGS. That shows under miscellaneous payroll, item 12. I have those figures here that we put in the record yesterday.
Mr. ANDREWS. What other positions are in that figure besides the intern program?
Mr. JENNINGS. The police, the 78 additional policemen. Mr. ANDREWS. Let me ask you about those policemen. We have had a request from the Sergeant at Arms, if I remember correctly, for the salary item for those policemen.
Mr. JENNINGS. No, sir. That was submitted. We handle all of that. The Sergeant at Arms was justifying his request which we put in.
Mr. ANDREWS. Would that be here?
Mr. ANDREWS. If we make it a line item appropriation for those 78 police jobs ?
Mr. JENNINGS. All this would be a transfer then of that money back into the miscellaneous fund.
Mr. ANDREWS. Would you need this for 1969 under your miscellaneous payroll ?
Mr. JENNINGs. It is hard to tell. I do not know. If you would have asked me this last year, I would not have been able to tell you about the 78 policemen.
Mr. ANDREWS. In this request of $8,965,000, are you including salaries for those 78 police ?
Mr. JENNINGS. No, sir. That is a contingency fund that would provide for any contingency such as this police that might reoccur.
NEW ITEMS OF EXPENDITURE AUTHORIZED
Mr. ANDREWS. What new items of expenditure have been authorized against this fund by the House and in what laws or resolutions as against what you knew a year ago when we were considering the 1968 request? Can you list them and identify them?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir. House Resolution 506 provides for the United States Code Annotated for 436 Members at $378, a total of $164,800.
House Resolution 161 provides for district telephone expense, 436 Members, $1,200, $523,200. Public Law 90–86 provides for Members transportation expense, estimated, and we have no way of knowing on this, at $140,000 per trip and, as you know, they are allowed one for each month that Congress is in session.
House Resolution 1003 provides postage stamp allowance and additional postage, $91,540. Government contribution due to the pay raise on the retirement, $155,000 additional. On the life insurance, $8,00 additional. This does not include the Government contribution which is effective the first of 1968. That is the portion behind.
Public Law 90-116, which provides for one additional electric typewriter, 436 Members at average cost $441, which is $192,276.
Mr. ANDREWS. Is that all ?
Mr. ANDREWS. These resolutions provide certain benefits for Members such as stamps, trips home, and others that you have mentioned there?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir.
Mr. ANDREWS. You have no way of knowing how many Members will take advantage of the resolutions?
Mr. JENNINGS. No, sir; nor what amount.
Mr. ANDREWS. You must anticipate that all Members will use the allowances 100 percent?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir; and be prepared, in case they do, to pay for them. . Mr. ANDREWS. Off the record. (Off the record.)
NUMBER OF MEMBERS FILING CLAIMS Mr. ANDREWS. I wish you would place in the record at this point the number of Members filing claims under the resolutions that you have mentioned.
Mr. JENNINGS. The resolution pertaining to transportation ? Mr. ANDREWS. All of those you mentioned : stamps, transportation, telephone, employees' transportation. Mr. JENNINGS. All right, sir.
(The information follows :) House Resolution 506 provides for one set of United States Code Annotated for each Member.
As of March 31, 1968, 348 Members have ordered United States Code Anno tated, and 25 Members have ordered Federal Code Annotated. Publishers of the United States Code are the West Publishing Co., and publishers of the Federal Code are Bobbs Merrill. Public Law 90-116 provides for one additional electric typewriter per Member. Two hundred thirty-four Members have requested the additional typewriter.
House Resolution 1003. Postage and allowance as credited to each Member according to House Resolution 1003 was effective January 3, 1968. However, . Member may withdraw his stamps in any amount he desires at any time during the year.
The majority of Members, at this time, have not withdrawn their additions: allowance as provided in House Resolution 1003. (For your information, all except $771.94 of last year's stamp allowance has been withdrawn.)
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS No. 30
MEMBERS TRANSPORTATION EXPENSE, CALENDAR YEAR 1967
Members reimbursed for 12 trips : 176.
Members reimbursed for $750 in lieu of one trip for every month Congress is session : 108.
Members reimbursed for less than 12 trips : 141.
NOTE.—Seventy-four Members did not file for reimbursement.
LAUNDRY ITEM Mr. ANDREWS. On item 10 on the list on page 29, for laundry you expended $36,218 in fiscal year 1967. Tell us what that covers and what laundry is involved.
Mr. JENNINGS. All of the laundry such as the towels, the sheets from the various gymnasiums, the doctor's office, the hand towels from the various restrooms.
Mr. ANDREWS. Linen in the dining rooms?
HOUSE RESTAURANT Mr. ANDREWS. In connection with item 15 for the House restaurant, I notice the 1969 request is for $335,000 for payment to the Architect of the Capitol. I do not know whether you are aware of it or not, but the Architect informally revised that figure when he was before the committee to $400,000.
Mr. JENNINGS. No, sir; I had no notice of that when this was prepared and I was merely basing it on the history of past years.
Mr. ANDREWS. Whatever it is, you have to put up the money?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir; but I would like to respectfully request that be carried in the Architect's budget rather than in this particular budget. '
Mr. ANDREWS. Can it be under the law?
Mr. JENNINGS. Yes, sir; because he gets his appropriations under the law and in this particular case he would be in a better position to know about it, because I had no knowledge of this.
What I have requested certainly would not be enough to take care of it. It is not a large item, it is just a matter of transferring on a one-voucher, one-shot deal, but it does make my miscellaneous much