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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

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LABOR-HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE

APPROPRIATIONS, 1958

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1957

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,

Washington, D. C.
The subcommittee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to call, in room F-82,
the Capitol, Hon. Lister Hill (chairman of the subcommittee) pre-
siding
Present: Senators Hill, Hayden, Stennis, Thye, and Dworshak.

OMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

1, Alabama, Chairman

EDWARD J. THYE, Minnesota
MARGARET CHASE SMITH, Maine
HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idabo
CHARLES E. POTTER, Michigan
IRVING M. IVES, New York
STYLES BRIDGES, New Hampshire, es oberte

-EY, Clerk to Subcommittee

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
STATEMENTS OF JAMES P. MITCHELL, SECRETARY; JAMES T.
O'CONNELL, UNDER SECRETARY; J. ERNEST WILKINS, ASSIST-
ANT SECRETARY; ROCCO C. SICILIANO, ASSISTANT SECRETARY;
JAMES E. DODSON, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY;
AND V. S. HUDSON, ASSISTANT TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIST-
ANT SECRETARY

BUDGET PRESENTATION
Senator Hill. The subcommittee will come to order.
We are glad to have with us this morning the Secretary of Labor,
Secretary Mitchell.

Mr. Secretary, we will be happy to have you proceed in your own
way and make any statement that you see fit with reference to the
bill as it passed the House, or as to the budget as sent up by the Presi-
dent, and give us any facts you may have.

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.

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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:)

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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

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