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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
LISTER HILL, Alabama, Chairman DENNIS CHAVEZ, New Mexico
EDWARD J. THYE, Minnesota RICHARD B. RUSSELL, Georgia
MARGARET CHASE SMITH, Maine WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idaho JOHN STENNIS, Mississippi
CHARLES E. POTTER, Michigan JOHN O. PASTORE, Rhode Island
IRVING M. IVES, New York CHAIRMAN CARL HAYDEN, Arizona, STYLES BRIDGES, New Hampshire, ex officio ex officio
HERMAN E. DOWNEY, Clerk to Subcommittee
LABOR-HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1957
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C.
OMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
1, Alabama, Chairman
EDWARD J. THYE, Minnesota
-EY, Clerk to Subcommittee
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Mr. Secretary, we will be happy to have you proceed in your own
I shall insert at the outset this table showing the obligations by objects for the entire Department. I note that, for “Grants, subsidies, and contributions," there is requested a total of $345,940,045, or 89.93 percent of the total budget estimate.
Secretary MITCHELL. Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Senator Hayden.
I have filed with the committee a statement which describes the program and current needs of the Department for fiscal year 1958.
(The statement referred to follows:)
SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND EVENTS OF INTEREST IN THE FIELD OF LABOR The Department has and is continuing to aggressively administer the labor laws and programs for which it is responsible. Its scope of coverage continues to grow, December figures show a total civilian labor force of more than 69.9 million. At the end of calendar 1955 the labor force was 69.5 million; and 67.8 million in 1954, and 6 years ago, the end of 1950. it totaled 62.9 million.
We were exceptionally successful in our Supreme ('ourt cases in 1956. year which brought the largest number of cases the results were 100 percent favorable to the Department's interpretation of the 2 major Federal wage and hour laws. A total of 12 decisions or final orders were handed down by the Supreme Court. Investigations by the Wage-Hour Division have disclosed underpayments of $9,020,000 affecting 88,000 workers during the 6-month period ending December 31, 1956. Over $5 million was found due in the quarter ending December 31, which is at the highest annual rate in 10 years. A total of almost $225,000 was restored to workers who were not paid in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. Nearly 500 wage determination actions establishing pay minimum on Federal-aid highway construction in 32 States have been issued affecting 743 miles of new road construction. Two million four hundred and three thousand