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64TH CONGRESS, 2d

SENATE.

REPORT No. 1087.

BRIDGE ACROSS MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MINN.

FEBRUARY 20, 1917.-Ordered to be printed.

Mr. SHEPPARD, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 18720.]

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 18720) permitting the building of a railroad bridge across the Mississippi River at Bemidji, in the State of Minnesota, having considered the same, report favorably thereon, with the recommendation that it do pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as follows:

[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 18, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration by Congress of the accompanying bill, H. R. 18720, present session, for the construction of the proposed bridge across the Mississippi River, Minn.

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SENATE.

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REPORT No. 1100.

PROVIDING FOR THE FREE IMPORTATION OF SEED, GRAIN, AND FLAXSEED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

FEBRUARY 20 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 21), 1917.-Ordered to be printed.

Mr. JAMES, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 7039.]

The Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the bill (S. 7039) providing for the free importation of seed, grain, and flaxseed under certain conditions, having considered the same in connection with a proviso suggested by the Secretary of the Treasury, report thereon with a recommendation that the amended bill do pass.

The letter of the Secretary of the Treasury is appended hereto and made a part hereof.

The CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE ON FINANCE,

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,
Washington, January 17, 1917.

United States Senate.

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5th instant inclosing a copy of Senate bill 7039, providing for the free importation of seed, grain, and flaxseed under certain conditions, and requesting such suggestions as may be deemed proper touching the merits of the bill and the propriety of its passage. The department sees no objection to the passage of the bill. It is suggested, however, that the following proviso be added:

"Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to repeal or impair the provisions of an act entitled: An act to regulate foreign commerce by prohibiting the admission into the United States of certain adulterated grain and seeds unfit for seeding purposes,' approved August twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred and twelve, or any act amendatory thereof."

Respectfully,

W. G. McADOO,

Secretary.

SENATE.

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NAVAL APPROPRIATION BILL.

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REPORT No. 1101.

FEBRUARY 20 (calendar day FEBRUARY 21), 1917.-Ordered to be printed.

Mr. SWANSON, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, submitted the

following REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 20632.]

The Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 20632) making appropriations for the naval service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, and for other purposes, reports the same to the Senate with various amendments and as amended recommend that the bill do pass.

The amount recommended in this bill is $535, 753, 447.08, or $167,200,059.01 more than carried by the bill as passed by the House of Representatives, and $222,995,774.24 more than was appropriated in the naval appropriation bill for the fiscal year 1917.

A more detailed analysis of the items of increase over the bill as passed by the House is given in the following statement:

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Central power plant improvements, Washington....

772,000.00

Purchase of land, Marine recruiting station, Port Royal..

5,000.00

Clothing factory, Charleston...

300,000.00

Enlarge dry dock, Charleston:

750,000.00

Navy aeronautic station, Pensacola.

125,000.00

Naval proving ground, Indianhead..

22,000.00

Naval magazine, Charleston...

85,000.00

Naval training station, San Francisco, contagious wards..

25,000.00

Marine guard, American Lagation, Peking, barracks and laundry
Marine barracks, Mare Island, Cal....

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The following is a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1917, with the amounts of this bill as passed by the House and the amounts recommended by your committee:

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