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SUPPLEMENTAL ESTIMATE OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

COMMUNICATION

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

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SUPPLEMENTAL ESTIMATE OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE MANSION AND GROUNDS, IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1944, TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED

JANUARY 21, 1944.—Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered

to be printed

THE WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, January 20, 1944. The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith for the consideration of Congress a supplemental estimate of appropriation for the Executive Office of the President, Executive Mansion and grounds, in the amount of $10,000, for the fiscal year 1944, to remain available until expended.

The details of this estimate, the necessity therefor, and the reasons for its transmission at this time are set forth in the letter of the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, transmitted herewith, in whose comments and observations thereon I concur. Respectfully,

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,

Washington, D. C., January 20, 1944. The PRESIDENT

The White House. SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith for your consideration a supplemental estimate of appropriation for the Executive Office of the President, Executive Mansion and grounds, in the amount of $10,000, for the fiscal year 1944, to remain available until expended, as follows:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

EXECUTIVE MANSION AND GROUNDS
For extraordinary repairs to and refurnishing the Executive Mansion,

to be expended as the President may determine, notwithstanding the
provisions of any other Act, to remain available until expended,
$10,000 (submitted)--

$10, 000 It has been customary for Congress to make available every 3 or 4 years an additional appropriation for the maintenance of the Executive Mansion and grounds to take care of necessary painting, decorating, renewal of drapes and furnishings, and so forth, beyond that provided for in the regular annual appropriation, the latter being sufficient only for ordinary repairs and replacements. The purpose of this estimate is to provide for certain extraordinary items believed to be necessary at this time.

The foregoing estimate of appropriation is required to meet a contingency that has arisen since the transmission of the Budget for the fiscal year 1944 and its approval is recommended. Very respectfully,

HAROLD D. SMITH, Director of the Bureau of the Budget.

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DRAFT OF A PROPOSED PROVISION PERTAINING TO EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT FOR RIVERS AND HARBORS

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

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DRAFT OF A PROPOSED PROVISION PERTAINING TO EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT FOR RIVERS AND HARBORS, DESIGNED TO MAKE AVAILABLE UNOBLIGATED BALANCES OF SUCH APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF AN EXTENSION OF THE CUYAHOGA RIVER CHANNEL, CLEVELAND HARBOR, OHIO

January 21, 1944.-Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and ordered to be printed

THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, January 20, 1944.

The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: I have the honor to transmit for the consideration of Congress a draft of a proposed provision pertaining to existing appropriations of the War Department for rivers and harbors, designed to make available unobligated balances of such appropriations for the maintenance of an extension of the Cuyahoga River Channel, Cleveland Harbor, Ohio.

The details of this proposed provision, the necessity therefor, and the reasons for its transmission at this time are set forth in the letter of the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, transmitted herewith, in whose comments and observations thereon I concur.

Respectfully,

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

BUREAU OF THE Budget,

Washington, D. C., January 20, 1944. The PRESIDENT,

The White House. Sir: I have the honor to submit for your consideration a draft of a

a proposed provision pertaining to existing appropriations of the War Department as follows:

CIVIL FUNCTIONS

CORPS OF ENGINEERS-RIVERS AND HARBORS

The appropriations for rivers and harbors shall be available for the maintenance, in the interest of national defense, subject to the approval of the Chief of Engineers, of the extension of the Cuyahoga River Channel, Cleveland Harbor, Ohio.

In August and September 1942, the Defense Plant Corporation expended $116,000 in providing a necessary channel improvement from head of navigation in the existing project channel, Cuyahoga River, Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, upstream a distance of 1,500 feet to new facilities for the production of steel financed by that organization.

The project has not been authorized as a Federal river and harbor improvement. However, on April 16, 1942, I advised the Secretary of War, in connection with the proposed favorable report of the Chief of Engineers on Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, that in view of the relation of the project to the national defense there would be no objection to the submission of the proposed favorable report to the Rivers and Harbors Committee of the House of Representatives. The record shows that the Secretary of War submitted the report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on May 2, 1942, and in his letter indicated the favorable advice of this office.

Under date of July 6, 1943, in response to an inquiry from the chairman of the Rivers and Harbors Committee of the House of Representatives, you indicated that the project for Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, among several others, should be authorized as a regular river and harbor project as soon as practicable so that the Corps of Engineers might undertake the work of maintaining the improvement as a regular civil function of the War Department.

The War Production Board has written the Secretary of War, under date of November 18, 1943, stating that it is essential as a war emergency measure that the channel be maintained.

It is in the interest of economy and good management that the maintenance of this 1,500-foot extension be undertaken at the same time other maintenance work in the Cuya hoga River and Cleveland Harbor is carried out. The Corps of Engineers desires to undertake all maintenance of the Cleveland Harbor project as a single work activity early in the spring. The Department estimates that the portion of the work here considered would cost $25,000. Since a sufficient unobligated and unprogramed balance is available, it is proposed, in lieu of requesting an appropriation of new money, that Congress be asked to make available for the proposed work the existing appropriations for rivers and harbors.

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The foregoing proposed provision is necessary to provide for a contingency which has arisen since the transmission of the Budget for the fiscal year 1944. I recommend that it be transmitted to Congress. Very respectfully,

HAROLD D. SMITH, Director of the Bureau of the Budget.

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