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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
JOHN TABER, New York HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California
BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa ALBERT THOMAS, Texas
H, CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
WALT HORAN, Washington W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas
GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi
IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama
GERALD R, FORD, JR., Michigan JOHN J. ROONEY, New York
HAROLD C. OSTERTAG, New York J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia
FRANK T. BOW, Ohio JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island
CHARLES RAPER JONAS, North Carolina ROBERT L. F. SIKES, Florida
MELVIN R. LAIRD, Wisconsin PRINCE 8. PRESTON, Georgia
ELFORD A. CEDERBERG, Michigan OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana
GLENARD P. LIPSCOMB, Callfornia LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan
JOHN J. RHODES, Arizona SIDNEY R. YATES, Mlinois
JOHN R. PILLION, New York FRED MARSHALL, Minnesota
PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska JOHN J. RILEY, South Carolina
WILLIAM E. MINSHALL, Ohio JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee
KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming
ROBERT H. MICHEL, Illinois
KENNETH SPRANKLE, Clerk and Staff Director
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1960
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 1959.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WITNESSES RALPH R. ROBERTS, CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES H. NEWLIN MEGILL, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT BOBERT H. HARPER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR FINANCE AND BUDGET
Mr. NORRELL. Gentlemen, the committee will please come to order.
We start our legislative appropriation hearings for 1960 this morning. In looking over the items that are being requested in the budget, we find that the total of the request, $105,460,005, not counting the Senate, is below 1959 appropriations by $567,710. That is fine. I hope that fact will be well noted.
We have a new member of the subcommittee, Congressman Steed. Congressman Steed was elected to the 81st Congress and has been reelected since that time. We are glad to have Mr.
Steed as a member of the committee. I know he will make a great contribution.
We have this morning our Clerk, Mr. Roberts, as our first witness.
Mr. Roberts, at this time we are glad to have you, and you may proceed with your general statement.
Mr. ROBERTS. Mr. Chairman, I have been happy to appear before this subcommittee on many occasions. In fact, I believe that this is the ninth time that it has been my privilege to present to you the budget for the House of Representatives.
Most of you have served for many years on the legislative subcommittee and are already thoroughỉy familiar with the basic requirements for this appropriation.
Today, I am actually appearing in two capacities. One as Budget Officer for the House of Representatives and the other as Clerk of the House.
First, I wish to present to you as fully as I can the overall budget for the House of Representatives; and,
Secondly, I am prepared to justify in detail that portion of the budget which relates to the activities of the Office of the Clerk.
I shall address myself at this time to the overall budget, reserving for a later time a detailed statement of the functions and operations of the Clerk's Office.
While I am generally familiar with the activities of the other offices of the House, I respectfully request that any specific informa
tion desired relative to the operation of any office not under the Clerk be obtained from the appropriate officer of the House.
There is nothing unusual or complicated about this year's requests, Every single item is authorized by law or by resolution of the House.
We are here asking for virtually the same things we received last year. It is true that just a few of the items are in larger amounts, , but there are justifications in each instance.
There are only two new items in the bill, and one of them is a normal requirement that comes up about every 6 years.
i. A clerk is provided for the House member of the NATO Parliamentarian's Conference.
2. Money is requested for the compilation of a new U.S. Code. All other requests relate to the normal and routine functions of the House of Representatives. With few exceptions, the increases result from:
1. The 10 percent overall increase in salaries of employees, or
2. New positions or salary increases as the result of the passage of House resolutions. Increases which do not fall into the above categories relate to requests from the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation; the attending physician's office; cost of handling mail; and the “Contingent and miscellaneous” items.
As regards the "Contingent and miscellaneous” items, the $150,000 for the compilation of the code represents by far the largest single increase. We try as best we can to estimate what expenditures will be required in this category, but by their very nature, accurate estimates are impossible.
The general rise in cost of services and materials, coupled with the 10 percent increase in pay, justify fully, in my opinion, all of the increases requested.
Further safeguards are thrown around the contingent expenditures by the requirement that each such expenditure must have my personal approval as well as that of the Committee on House Administration.
DETAILED ANALYSIS OF ESTIMATES FOR 1960
A very complete and detailed analysis of the entire budget has been prepared, as has been the custom in previous years, and I request that it be inserted in the record at this point.
Mr. NORRELL. We would prefer that you follow the custom of taking up each item, and we can ask questions as we go along.
Mr. ROBERTS. Mr. Chairman, as I said, a copy of the item-by-item breakdown has previously been furnished to each member of the committee.
Mr. NORRELL. That is what I am getting to now. Insert the summary list here and then take up the first item.
(The summary follows:)
House of Representatives--Fiscal year 1960-Itemized estimates of appropriations
Clerk of the House
Assistant tally clerk (minority)..
Assistant enrolling clerk..
Assistants to bill clerk.
Assistant file clerks (1 minority).
7,000 5,000 +500 5,000
House of Representatives----Fiscal year 1960_-Itemized estimates of
SALARIES, OFFICERS AND
(electrical and mechanical
(manial typewriter equip-
(electrical and mechanical
cording Studio Messengers and laborers:
Laborers. Telephone exchange:
Assistant chief telephone oper
Committee and 19 other standing committees (includes 3 additional clerical assistants-Committee on Judiciary, H. Res. No. 172 and H. Res. No. 464, 81st Cong.; also 2 additional clerical assistants-Committee on Armed Services, H. Res. No. 37, 82d Cong.; and 2 additional employees for Committee on Foreign Affairs, H. Res. No. 28, 85th Cong.; 7 additional clerical and 2 additional professional employees for Ways and Means Committee, H. Res. No. 554, 83d Cong.; H. Res. No. 468, 84th Cong.; H. Res. No. 126 and H. Res. No. 525, 85th Cong.; 2 additional employees for Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, H. Res. No. 239, 85th Cong.; to provide for the Committee on Science and Astronautics, as authorized by H. Res. No. 580, approved July 21, 1958, 85th Cong.)
Sergeant at Arms.