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Mr. OVERMAN, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the following


[To accompany H. R. 18542.]

The Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 18542) making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, and for other purposes, reports the same to the Senate with various amendments, and in that connection presents herewith the following information:


Amount of estimates for 1918.....

Amount of House bill (exclusive of sec. 7)...

Amount carried in House bill by section 7 (estimated)...............

Total House bill.......

Decrease recommended by Senate committee (net).......

Amount as reported to the Senate.....

Amount of legislative act for 1917...

Amount of legislative, etc., items appropriated for in other acts, 1917..

Total legislative, etc., appropriations for 1917......

The bill as reported is less than the estimates for 1918....
The bill as reported exceeds the appropriations for 1917...

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$42, 067, 081. 45

39,750, 645. 75

1, 401, 898. 00

41, 152, 543.75

1,337, 241. 33

39, 815, 302. 42

37, 925, 690. 25

1, 232, 930. 00

39, 158, 620. 25

2, 251, 779. 03 656, 682. 17

The changes in amounts of House bill recommended by the committee are as follows:

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Purchase and installation of blue-printing plant in Bureau of
Steam Engineering..........

Department of the Interior:

General Land Office.....

Patent Office, special and temporary services of typewriters..
Rent, Geological Survey and Bureau of Mines...

Post Office Department:


Department of Commerce:

Census Office, salaries and expenses...

Steamboat-Inspection Service, contingent expenses.


16, 200.00

10, 000. 00





10, 000. 00

148,000. 00

241, 896. 67

Total increase..

Treasury Department:


Federal Farm Loan Bureau, salaries and expenses..
Secret Service Division....

50, 000. 00 1,000. 00 51,000.00

War Department:

Adjutant General's Office, salaries...

Interior Department:

Pension Office.......

Department of Labor:

Children's Bureau....

15, 120, 00


109, 120.00

Elimination of section 7, making increases in com

pensation of Government employees (estimated).. $1, 401, 898. 00

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Increased compensation to Government employees.

By the recommendation of the committee an estimated saving of $1,401,898 for the fiscal year 1918 will be effected by striking from the bill the following section:

SEC. 7. That to provide, during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen, for increased compensation at the rate of ten per centum per annum to employees who receive salaries at a rate per annum less than $1,200, and for increased compensation at the rate of five per centum per annum to employees who receive salaries at a rate not more than $1,800 per annum and not less than $1,200 per annum, so much as may be necessary is appropriated: Provided, That this section shall only apply to the employees who are appropriated for in this Act specifically and under lump sums or whose employment is authorized herein: Provided further, That detailed reports shall be submitted to Congress on the first day of the next session showing the number of persons, the grades or character of positions, the original rates of compensation, and the increased rates of compensation provided for herein.

Amount of legislative, executive, and judicial appropriation acts fiscal years 1886 to 1917,

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