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APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1946
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
U.S. Corgress. House
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman
CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Virginia
J. BUELL SNYDER, Pennsylvania
JAMES M. CURLEY, Massachusetts
JOHN J. ROONEY, New York
HERMAN P. KOPPLEMANN, Connecticut
JOHN TABER, New York
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massach sett
CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota
DEAN M. GILLESPIE, Colorado
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL, 1946
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE: MESSRS. JED JOHNSON (CHAIRMAN), MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, W. F. NORRELL, JOHN J. ROONEY, ROBERT F. JONES, BEN F. JENSEN, AND HENRY C. DWORSHAK OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIFES, IN CHARGE OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1946, ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS, NAMELY:
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1945.
Mr. JOHNSON. As members know, the committee is today opening the hearings on the Interior Department appropriation bill for the fiscal year 1946. Members are also aware of the fact that Mr. Fitzpatrick, of New York, and Mr. Carter, of California, both of whom served on this committee with distinction, are no longer with us. We shall miss their valuable services very much. Both were able, sincere, and extremely valuable public servants. We are delighted, however, to welcome two new members in their places-Mr. Rooney, of York, and Mr. Dworshak, of Idaho. We are sure they will fork on this committee very interesting and requiring a lot of Lie, worry, and work.
CONDUCT OF HEARINGS
ne express the sincere hope that it will be possible to reduce considerably the size of the hearings this year. I am confident this can be accomplished if we will follow the advice of Chairman Cannon to confine our questions to the bill and allow the witnesses to complete their statements before questioning. I am further convinced that such a procedure is a good rule to follow. Let me further suggest that additional savings can be effected by printing only such portions of the justifications as bear directly on the increases of estimates.
For the information of new members who may, possibly, not know the committee rules, perhaps it would be appropriate for me to add that what occurs in committee meetings, either on or off the record, is confidential until the bill is reported to the House. There is sound reason for this rule and I am sure that committee members will adhere to it at all times.
I am sure every member of this subcommittee will agree that sufficient hearings should be had to secure all actual information with view to effecting such savings as are humanly possible without jeopardizing the efficiency and appropriate functioning of the various activities and bureaus of the Department. But to print extended comments by either the witnesses or members of the committee cannot be justified.