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WELFARE APPROPRIATIONS FOK 1956

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 5046

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF
LABOR AND HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFAR.; AND
RELATED AGENCIES, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING

JUNE 30, 1956, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations

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WELFARE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1956

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 5046

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF
LABOR AND HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE, AND
RELATED AGENCIES, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING

JUNE 30, 1956, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON : 1955

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

LISTER HILL, Alabama, Chairman DENNIS CHAVEZ, New Mexico

EDWARD J. THYE, Minnesota RICHARD B. RUSSELL, Georgia

KARL E. MUNDT, South Dakota
HARLEY M. KILGORE, West Virginia MARGARET CHASE SMITH, Maine
WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington HENRY C. DWORSHIAK, Idaho
JOHN STENNIS, Mississippi

CHARLES E. POTTER, Michigan
CHAIRMAN CARL HAYDEN, Arizona,
Ex Officio

HERMAN E. DOWNEY, Clerk to Subcommittee
LEONARD E. EDWARDS, Assistant

LABOR-HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE

APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1956

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1955

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to call, in room R-82, the Capitol, Hon. Lister Hill (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Hill, Chavez, Stennis, Hayden, Thye, Dworshak, and Potter.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

STATEMENTS OF JAMES P. MITCHELL, SECRETARY OF LABOR;

ARTHUR LARSON, UNDER SECRETARY; J. ERNEST WILKINS, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL LABOR AFFAIRS; JAMES E. DODSON, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY; AND V. S. HUDSON, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY

OPENING STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN

Senator Hill. The committee will kindly come to order.

We happen to have with us this morning, gentlemen, Secretary of Labor Mitchell. He has with him, Under Secretary Arthur Larson; Mr. Wilkins, Assistant Secretary for International Labor Affairs; James E. Dodson, Administrative Assistant Secretary, and Mr. Hudson, Assistant Administrative Assistant Secretary.

The budget estimates for the Department of Labor amount to a total of $470,116,000, not including the annual indefinite appropriation for the employees' compensation fund estimated to require $44.700.000 in the coming year.

The House allowed $417,792,000, a reduction of $52,323,100, or 11.12 percent, under the estimate. Of the reduction, $50 million was made in two accounts, $30 million in "unemployment compensation for veterans” and $20 million in "unemployment compensation for Federal employees.” It seems though that the Congress is obligated in view of the authorizing statutes to provide whatever funds are required to pay these benefits to the returning unemployed veteran and to the unemployed Federal employee.

And of the total estimate for $470,116,000 for the Department, there is budgeted for grants, subsidies and contributions $439,701,179, or 93.53 percent of the total request, which embraces grants to States

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