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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
JOHN F. SHELLEY, California

ROBERT H. MICHEL, Illinois
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts SILVIO O, OONTE, Massachusetts
DON MAGNUSON, Washington
WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky
DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania
WINFIELD K, DENTON, Indiana
TOM STEED, Oklahoma
HUGH Q. ALEXANDER, North Carolina
CHARLES A. BOYLE, Illinois
ALFRED E, SANTANGELO, New York
JOSEPH M. MONTOYA, New Mexico

KENNETH SPRANKLE, Clerk and Staff Director

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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.

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

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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

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Total..
Office of the Chaplain: Chaplain...
Office of the Clerk:

Clerk of the House
Administrative assistant No. 1 (re-

tirement)
Administrative assistant No. 2.
Administrative assistant No. 3.
Secretary...
Personnel clerk.
Clerk No.1...
Clerk No. 2..
Clerks..
Administrative assistants..
Additional clerical assistants.
Reading clerks: Reading clerks..
Journal clerk's office:

Journal clerk.
Assistant journal clerk (minor-

ity).
Assistant journal clerk.

Do..
Assistant journal clerk-indexer

(minority)..
Stenographer to journal clerk..
Tally clerk's office:

Tally clerk.
Assistant tally clerk.

Assistant tally clerk (minority)..
Enrolling room;

Enrolling clerk
Assistant enrolling clerks (1

minority).

Assistant enrolling clerk..
Bill clerk's office:

Bill clerk.
Assistant bill clerk (minority).

Assistants to bill clerk.
File room:

File clerk

Assistant file clerks (1 minority).
House library:

Librarian
Assistant librarian.

Do..
Clerk's document room: Clerk..
Disbursing office:

Disbursing clerk.
Assistant disbursing clerk (mi-

nority)..
Assistant in disbursing office

(retirement).
Assistants in disbursing office,
Additional clerical assistants in

disbursing office....
See footnotes at end of table, p. 8.

7,000 5,000 +500 5,000

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House of Representatives----Fiscal year 1960_-Itemized estimates of

appropriations—Continued

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SALARIES, OFFICERS AND

EMPLOYEE8-continued
Office of the Clerk-Continued
Stationery room:

Stationery clerk..
Assistant stationery clerk.
Bookkeeper and billing clerk.
Stock and inventory clerk,
Bookkeeper and voucher clerk..
Clerks in stationery room..

Clerk-typist..
Office of property custodlan:

Property custodian...
Assistant property custodian
Assistant to property custodian

(electrical and mechanical

equipment).
Assistant to property custodian

(manial typewriter equip-
ment).

Do..
Assistant to property custodian

(electrical and mechanical

equipment).
Repair technician.
Bookkeeper..
Assistant repair technician.
Messenger-laborer.

Do.

Do..
House recording studio: House Re-

cording Studio Messengers and laborers:

Messengers..

Laborers. Telephone exchange:

Assistant chief telephone oper

ator
Telephone operators..
Longevity pay.
Extra services.

Total..
Committee employees: Appropriation

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.)

total.
Office of the Sergeant at Arms:

Sergeant at Arms.
Deputy Sergeant at Arms (charge of

pairs)
Deputy Sergeant at Arms..
Special assistant to Sergeant at Arms.
Secretary to Sergeant at Arms.
Stenographer..
Cashier.
Assistant cashiers..

Bookkeeper.
Soe footnotes at end of table, p.&

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