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APPROPRIATION BILL, 1947

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE
SEVENTY-NINTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H. R. 5400
BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
ENDING JUNE 30, 1947, FOR CIVIL FUNCTIONS
ADMINISTERED BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT,

AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

ELMER THOMAS, Oklahoma, Chairman CARL HAYDEN, Arizona

CHAN GURNEY, South Dakota JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana

C. WAYLAND BROOKS, Illinois RICHARD B. RUSSELL, Georgia

CLYDE M REED, Kansas DENNIS CHAVEZ, New Mexico

HOMER FERGUSON, Michigan
JOSEPH C. O'MAHONEY, Wyoming

KENNETI S. WHERRY, Nebraska
BURNET R. MAYBANK, South Carolina GUY CORDON, Oregon
JAMES M. MEAD, New York

EVERARD H. SMITH, Clerk

Ex OFFICIO MEMBERS FROM MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ELBERT D. THOMAS, Utah

WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont EDWIN C. JOHNSON, Colorado

Ex OFFICIO MEMBERS ON RIVER AND HARBOR ITEMS JOSIAH W. BAILEY, North Carolina

ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

WAR DEPARTMENT CIVIL FUNCTIONS APPROPRIATION

BILL, 1947

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1946

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 a. m., Hon. Elmer Thomas of Oklahoma (chairman) presiding.

Present: Senators Thomas of Oklahoma (presiding), Hayden, Chavez, Maybank, Gurney, Ferguson, Wherry, and Cordon.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

RIVERS AND HARBORS AND FLOOD CONTROL

AMENDMENTS REQUESTED BY WAR DEPARTMENT Senator THOMAS. The committee will be in order.

The committee has before it for consideration the War Department civil functions appropriation bill for 1947. The bill is No. H. R. 5400.

Pursuant to the practice of the committee, as soon as the House passed the measure, this committee sent a request to the Secretary of War asking for his viewpoint with respect to the bill as it passed the House. On February 19, we received a reply from the Secretary of War.

I will ask that the letter from the Secretary, which was in reply to our request, be placed in the record at this point. (The letter referred to is as follows:)

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 19, 1946. Hon. ELMER THOMAS, Committee on Appropriations,

United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR Thomas: There are transmitted herewith memoranda of changes desired in the War Department civil functions appropriation bill, 1947, in accordance with the request contained in your letter of February 6, 1946.

A bill has recently passed the House of Representatives, H. R. 3936, covering repatriation of our dead from foreign battlefields. In the event of favorable legislative action in the immediate future, the War Department will probably find it necessary to recommend a change in the appropriation “Quartermaster Corps,” subappropriation "Cemeterial expenses” to permit prompt initiation of the program in compliance with the provisions of this new measure.

Final reply has not yet been received from the Governor of the Panama Canal. In the event further changes are requested by him, these changes under the appropriation "the Panama Canal" will be transmitted promptly.

Representatives of the Department will appear before your committee at such time as you may desire. Sincerely yours,

ROBERT P. PATTERSON,

Secretary of War.

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