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FEBRUARY 27, 1931.-Ordered to be printed

NAVY DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL, 1932

CONFERENCE REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 16969]

Mr. FRENCH, from the committee of conference, submitted the following

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 16969) making appropriations for the Navy Department and the naval service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the Senate recede from its amendments numbered 3, 9, 10, 24, and 25.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21, and agree to the same.

The committee of conference have not agreed on amendments numbered 5, 7, 8, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23.

BURTON L. FRENCH,
GUY U. HARDY,
JOHN TABER,

W. A. AYRES,
W. B. OLIVER,1

Managers on the part of the House.

1Except as to amendments numbered 9, 10, and 16.

FREDERICK HALE,
L. C. PHIPPS,
HENRY W. KEYES,
CARTER GLASS,
CLAUDE A. SWANSON,

Managers on the part of the Senate.

STATEMENT OF THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

The managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 16969) making appropriations for the Navy Department and the naval service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932, and for other purposes, submit the following statement in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon and recommended in the accompanying conference report as to each of such amendments, namely:

No. 1: Permits the use of $3,000 of the appropriation "Pay, miscellaneous," for the expenses of attendance of civilian officers and employees upon meetings of technical, professional, scientific, and other similar organizations, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $2,000 for such expenses, as proposed by the House.

No. 2: Corrects the text of the appropriation for the operation and conservation of the naval petroleum reserves, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 3: Appropriates $4,620,835 for the Naval Reserve, as proposed by the House, instead of $4,394,365, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 4: Increases the limitation on the amount that may be expended from the appropriation "Engineering" for pay of classified employees from $1,624,340, as proposed by the House, to $1,644,340, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 6: Permits the use of $2,000 of the appropriation for transportation and recruiting for the expenses of attendance of naval personnel upon meetings of technical, professional, scientific, and other organizations, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $3,000 for such expenses, as proposed by the House.

Nos. 9 and 10, relating to the appropriation for pay, subsistence, and transportation of naval personnel: Provides for the appointment of three midshipmen to the class entering the Naval Academy in June, 1932, as proposed by the House, instead of four appointments, as proposed by the Senate.

No. 11: Modifies, as proposed by the Senate, the provision with respect to midshipmen appointed from enlisted men of the Navy so as to require nine months' service prior to admission to the Naval Academy "aboard a vessel of the Navy in full commission," instead of aboard a vessel "at sea with the fleet," as proposed by the House.

No. 13: Increases from $20 to $25, as proposed by the Senate, the per diem rate of pay of engineers and architects who may be employed part time or intermittently under contract and paid from the appropriation "Maintenance, Bureau of Yards and Docks."

Nos. 14 and 15: Appropriates $125,000 for extending the laboratory building of the Naval Research Laboratory at Bellevue, D. C., as proposed by the Senate.

Nos. 20 and 21, relating to increase of the Navy: Appropriates $38,300,000 for construction and machinery, and armor, armament, and ammunition, as proposed by the Senate, instead of $28,300,000,

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as proposed by the House, the additional amount to be applied toward the construction of 11 new destroyers.

No. 24: Strikes out the provision inserted by the Senate dealing with the wages of employees in navy yards, arsenals, and Coast Guard stations.

No. 25: Strikes out the provision inserted by the Senate making the appropriation for the "Adjusted-service certificate fund" in the independent offices appropriation act, 1932, available July 1, 1931.

The managers on the part of the House have agreed to recommend that the House either recede and concur or recede and concur with amendments in the following amendments of the Senate:

No. 5: Relating to the disposal of naval vessels pursuant to the terms of the London naval treaty.

No. 7: Relating to the commissioning of surplus graduates of the Naval Academy class of 1931.

No. 8: Relating to the retirement of officers commissioned in the line of the Navy from sources other than the Naval Academy.

No. 12: Relating to the purchase of fuel oil of domestic production. Nos. 16 and 17: Appropriating $200,000 for experimental and research work in connection with the development of a metal-clad airship.

Nos. 18 and 19: Relating to the participation of the Marine Band in the Yorktown Sesquicentennial Celebration.

No. 22: Relating to the procurement of articles of the growth, production, or manufacture of the United States.

No. 23: Relating to the award of work to navy yards or arsenals.

BURTON L. FRENCH,
GUY U. HARDY,
JOHN TABER,

W. A. AYRES,
W. B. OLIVER,1

Managers on the part of the House.

1 Except as to amendments numbered 9, 10, and 16.

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TO AMEND THE ACT APPROVED MARCH 4, 1929, ENTITLED "AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ENLARGING OF THE CAPITOL GROUNDS"

FEBRUARY 27, 1931.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. ELLIOTT, from the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 16340]

The Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, to which was referred H. R. 16340, a bill to amend the act approved March 4, 1929, entitled "An act to provide for the enlarging of the Capitol Grounds," having duly considered the same, hereby make report of it to the House, with the recommendations that the bill, as amended, do pass.

On page 1, at end of bill, insert the following proviso:

Be it further provided, That any underground gas mains, telephone and telegraph conduits, or other installations necessary to be removed and relocated shall be so removed and relocated by the owners thereof and the cost thereof be likewise reimbursed from said appropriations.

On page 1, after the first proviso, insert the following proviso:

Provided further, That nothing herein provided for shall be treated as adding to the value of the properties of the companies put to public use for the purpose of rate adjustment by the Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia or any other public authority.

This measure has for its purpose the ultimate reimbursement to the street-car companies of the ultimate cost of removing and relocating the street-car tracks in the extension of the Capitol Grounds between the Union Station and the Capitol. This is required by the act providing for the enlarging of the Capitol Grounds, approved March 4, 1929. That act provided that the total cost should be borne by the street-car companies.

After the passage of that act, however, Congress in the Memorial Boulevard act, approved May, 1930, took the position that the cost of removing and relaying the tracks at the Virginia end of the Highway Bridge should be borne by the Government. Therefore Congress

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