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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1960

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-SIXTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS

W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas, Chairman
MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio

WALT HORAN, Washington
TOM STEED, Oklahoma

FRANK T. BOW, Ohio
PAUL M. WILSON, Staff Assistant to the Subcomune

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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 U. 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 ALEXANDER, North Carolina
CHARLES A. BOYLE, Illinois
ALFRED E, SANTANGELO, New York
JOSEPH M. MONTOYA, New Mexico

KENNETH SPRANKLE, Clerk and Staff Director

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1960

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 1959.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WITNESSES

BALPH R. ROBERTS, CLERK OF THB HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
L 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 thoroughly 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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