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Mr. CAMPIOLI. No, they are purely ornamental and to protect people from falling off the terraces on to the sidewalk.
Senator PROXMIRE. You are saying they are structural in the sense if these should crack then the railing above it would collapse.
Mr. CAMPIOLI. Yes; and in a few cases the railing above is cracked and it would then collapse itself, if the balusters below failed.
NEW SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
Senator PROXMIRE. What is the status of the construction work in the telephone exchange in the New Senate Office Building?
Mr. ČAMPIOLI. The construction work is approximately 50 percent complete, the block partitions are largely complete, the plumbing roughing, including some fixture installations, are about 75 percent complete, the rough jambs are 75 percent complete, the electric wiring is 60 percent complete, plastering is 15 percent, the suspended ceiling material is on hand, as is also the tile, the light fixtures, and the carpeting. The doors are on order.
Senator PROXMIRE. Last fall we provided you with $123,000 for this work. We also provided $38,000 for remodeling a portion of the vacated telephone exchange.
ROOMS FOR MAGNETIC TAPE ADDRESSING SYSTEM In addition we provided $25,000 for new rooms for the magnetic tape addressing system in the service department; is that correct?
Mr. CAMPIOLI. Yes, sir.
Senator PROXMIRE. You are not requesting any additional personnel this year?
Mr. HENLOCK. No, sir; not for the Senate Office Buildings.
Senator ProxMIRE. For the Senate garage a total of $62,300 requested, a net increase of $1,700, pages 80 to 82, will be inserted in the record at this point.
(The justification follows:) 1968 appropriation in annual act..
$58, 600 Wage-board pay supplemental.
Wage-rate increases authorized by Public Law 763, 83d Congress--
Under the provisions of Public Law 763, 83d Congress, 7 laborers and mechanics on the Senate garage roll are compensated on a wageboard, prevailing-rate basis. Public Law 763 provides that the compensation of such employees shall be fixed and adjusted from time to time as nearly as is consistent with the public interest in accordance with prevailing rates.
An increase of $650 is requested for 1969 to meet on a full-year basis the cost of increased wage rates established for these wageboard positions as a result of a general survey of government and industrial employees' wages in the Washington Metropolitan area, conducted during the past year. The new rates went into effect October 22, 1967, in aceordance with the provisions of Public Law 85–872, 85th Congress. This increase is necessary in order that the Senate garage wage-board employees may be compensated on a fullyear basis in the fiscal year 1969 in accordance with present prevailing rates.
An increase of $200 is requested for 1969 to meet the cost of within-grade promotions authorized by Public Law 763 under the
wage-board system, for employees compensated under that Act. Overtime and holiday pay increased from $12, 200 to $12,400--
200 This allotment is adjusted to conform to increased costs result
ing from base pay increases. Pay above the stated annual rate allotment-increase_
100 Normally, it is necessary to provide, annually, for one additional day's pay above the regular 260-basic workdays per year, since usually the extra day falls on a basic workday (Monday to Friday). This allotment is determined by deducting 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays from the total of 365 calendar days in a normal year. Last year (Leap Year), one additional day fell on a Saturday and the other on a Sunday, resulting in the elimination of the need for this allotment for 1968. For 1969, the additional day falls on a basic workday, necessitating the need for restoration of this allot
ment for 1969. General annual repairs—increased from $2,500 to $3,050----
550 This annual allotment provides for repair and upkeep of the garage entrance doors, windows, and other parts of the structure; annual painting of stall lines and posts; servicing and maintaining 2 vacuum pumps, 1 air compressor, 2 condensate pumps, 6 ventilating fans, 2 car-washing pumps, 3 fountain pumps, 2 1,000gallons capacity gasoline pumps (1 for official motor equipment of the Senate and 1 for official motor equipment of the Architect of the Capitol), 1 oil pump and other miscellaneous equipment.
For 1969, an additional amount of $550 is requested for replacement of the air compressor presently installed in the Senate garage, which supplies air to all of the pneumatic control systems, paint spraying equipment, and automobile service areas; also, for replacement of the tank which supplies the compressor with air at high pressure. Both the tank and compressor have been in operation, continuously, since 1932 when the garage was first placed in operation. This equipment has now reached a point where it can no longer be overhauled for dependable operation. The tank is of lap-welded construction. Such pressurized tanks normally require replacement after 25 years of service, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers now recommend replacement within that period. The installation of a new tank and compressor is recommended in the interest of safety to personnel and equipment
(+)1,700 Total estimate for 1969.
WITHDRAWAL OF REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL
Mr. CARAWAY. May I say something before you leave the Senate Office Buildings ? Last year we asked for and were granted four new positions in the air-conditioning department to keep the air conditioning on a 24-hour basis 6 days a week.
By reorganizing our heating room attendants and air-conditioning employees we have been able to do this, without the additional employees. So I would like to request that we deduct $23,000 from this year's appropriation and drop the four new positions asked for last year.
Senator PROXMIRE. Bless you. I think the committee will look with considerable favor on that request. That is wonderful.
MANDATORY PAY COSTS AND AIR COMPRESSOR REPLACEMENT
Except for the mandatory pay costs the only increase is $550 for replacement of the air compressor which has been in use since 1932; is that correct?
Mr. HENLOCK. Yes, sir.
PARKING FACILITIES, CAPITOL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Senator PROXMIRE. For the record would you please submit a statement showing the number and locations of parking spaces available to congressional employees both in garages and elsewhere.
You have done this before and I think it's important to have a current breakdown in the record.
Mr. HENLOCK. Here is a statement showing a current breakdown.
Senator ProxMIRE. Is it contemplated to provide additional places for parking spaces, we get lots of requests from our staffs.
Mr. HENLOCK. No, sir. Senators Jordan and Randolph have, as previously indicated, introduced legislation to acquire most of the remaining property in Square 725, east of the New Senate Office Building. Undoubtedly, such acquisition would help relieve parking conditions.
Senator PROXMIRE. This brings up to date the parking availability on the grounds?
Mr. HENLOCK. Yes, sir; the present status of parking, everywhere on the Hill.
(The breakdown follows:)
HOUSE SIDE Assigned by the Special Committee on Parking:
Spaces Rayburn Building Garage..
1, 668 Cannon Building Garage..
1, 969 Underground Garages in two Squares south of Longworth and Rayburn Buildings--
1, 268 Total garage spaces available---
Surface spaces on Plaza, streets, and lots assigned by the Sergeant at Arms
Capitol Plaza curb_..
42 112 32 52 108 30 36
Parking Lot No. 1 by Congressional Hotel---
101 121 165
New Senate Office Building garage---
Old Senate Office Building-
Total garage spaces.
Surface spaces on streets or parking lots, assigned by the Sergeant at
59 92 36
Parking lot: First and D St. NE., Square 723 (used for Senate
employees on first-come, first-served basis)-
Senator PROXMIRE. For the Capitol Power Plant a total of $2,927,000 is requested for fiscal year 1969, a net increase of $65,400. I ask that pages 116 to 122 be inserted in the record at this point.
(The justification follows:) 1968 appropriation in annual act.
$2, 841, 600 Wage-board pay supplemental..
20, 000 Total appropriations, 1968.
2, 861, 600
replacement of spreader stokers in three coal-fired steam gen-
Base for 1969__
2, 811, 600
Wage-Rate Increases authorized by Public Law 763, 83d Congress.-
Under the provisions of Public Law 763, 83d Congress, 88 laborers and mechanics on the Capitol Power Plant roll are compensated on a Wage Board, prevailing-rate basis. Public Law 763 provides that the compensation of such employees shall be fixed and adjusted from time to time as nearly as is consistent with the public interest in accordance with prevailing rates.
An increase of $10,800 is requested for 1969 to meet on a fullyear basis the cost of increased wage rates established for these Wage Board positions as a result of a general survey of Government and industrial employees' wages in the Washington metropolitan area, conducted during the past year. The new rates went into effect Oct. 22, 1967, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 85–872, 85th Congress. The increase is necessary in order that the Capitol Power Plant Wage Board employees may be compensated on a full-year basis in the fiscal year 1969 in accordance with present prevailing rates.