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HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-SIXTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFICIENCIES

ALBERT THOMAS, Texas, Chairman
MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio

BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa
JOHN J. ROONEY, New York

FRANK T. BOW, Ohio
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts CHARLES RAPER JONAS, North Carolina

G. HOMER SKABIN, Staff A88istant to the Subcommittee

Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1959

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 H. PRESTON, Georgia

ELFORD A. CEDERBERG, Michigan OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana

GLENARD P. LIPSCOMB, California LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan

JOHN J. RHODES, Arizona SIDNEY R, YATES, Illinois

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. CONTE, 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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WITNESS HARRY LIVINGSTON, DISBURSING CLERK, HOUSE OF REPRESENTA

TIVES

CONTINGENT EXPENSES OF THE HOUSE

Mr. THOMAS. Gentlemen, will the committee please come to order?

We will start to consider some of the deficiency items, which are contained in House Document No. 58.

It is nice to have Mr. Livingston, the Disbursing Clerk of the House, with us.

Tell us about the two items for the House.

REPORTING HEARINGS

Mr. LIVINGSTON. The first item, Mr. Chairman, is a supplemental request of $10,000 for reporting hearings for fiscal year 1958, caused by the heavy work of the committees of the House. The appropriation for the fiscal year 1958 was $120,000, of which $119,984.70 has been expended leaving a balance of $15.30. We have bills to be paid totaling $6,685.35. The balance or $3,314.65 will be used to pay any bills submitted later for payment. On this item we have no way of knowing the amount that will be needed for contract reporting of committee hearings.

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The rates per folio for contract reporting service are established by the Committee on Houso Administration.

We submit the following table showing the monthly expenditures for the fiscal year 1958, and the fiscal years 1957, 1956, and 1955:

Fiscal year 1958 ! 1957_July.

$310. 25 August.

1, 686. 10 September..

9, 097. 75 October

3, 994. 75 November

1, 681.00 December

38. 00 1958% anuary

2, 043. 55 February

5, 792, 20 Murch.

13, 332. 50 - April..

9, 923. 55 Мау.

20, 059. 25 June

13, 883. 10 July

21, 932. 00 August.

13, 401. 50 October

2, 765. 10 December.

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Mr. THOMAS. What is your next item? Mr. LIVINGSTON. We are requesting a supplemental appropriation of $183,640 for airmail and special delivery stamps, for the 1st session of the 86:h Congress, as authorized by Public Law 85–778, approved August 27, 1958.' This law increased the stamp allowance of Members and Delegates from $300 per fiscal year to $100 per session, and each standing committee from $180 per fiscal year to $240 per session, starting with the 1st session of the 86th Congress.

I lereafter we will request the appropriation for the stamp allowance be appropriated on a session basis instead of a fiscal year basis. As all Members have not withdrawn their full amount for the current fiscal year, which is available for their use through June 30, 1959, we have been using the 1959 appropriation to issue stamps for the 1st session of the 86th Congress. The funds used for this purpose will be reimbursed from the supplemental appropriation to bring the 1959 appropriation into balance.

Mr. THOMAS. Tell us about our mail. Is it increasing in volume?

Mr. LIVINGSTON. Yes. This increase was authorized by the Congress last year. It also changes the stamp allowance from a fiscal to a session basis.

Mr. Thomas. In other words, you have an increase in the size of the stamp load?

Mr. LIVINGSTON. Yes, sir.

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