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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. 8993) making appropriations for the Navy Department and the naval service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1939, 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:
Amendments Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 28, 31, 32, 39, 43, and 46, relating to limitations upon expenditures for pay of group IV-B employees: Restores the arrangement of such limitations in the bill as proposed by the House.
Amendments Nos. 9 and 10, relating to the appropriation “Maintenance and repairs, Naval Academy” appropriates $1,062,566, as proposed by the House, instead of $1,073,810, as proposed by the Senate, and makes immediately available the amount of $14,000 proposed by the House for the provision of an additional well, proposed by the Senate.
Nos. 16, 17, 18, and 19, relating to flight pay of officers: Limits the number of officers of flag rank who might draw flying pay to one, instead of two, as proposed by the House, and none, as proposed by the Senate. The one is intended to be the incumbent of the office of Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. This action entails a lesser appropriation by $4,000 than proposed by the House, and a greater appropriation, by a like amount, than proposed by the Senate.
Amendment No. 20: Corrects the spelling of a word.
Amendments Nos. 21, 22, 23, 25, and 26, relating to the appropriation “Pay, subsistence, and transportation of naval personnel:” Eliminates the increase of $317,248 proposed by the Senate for pay, subsistence, and transportation for an average increase of 5,285 enlisted men, thus maintaining the increase at the average number of 5,050, proposed by the House.
Amendments Nos. 24 and 27: Changes totals to conform with action touching officer and enlisted personnel.
Amendment No. 29: Broadens source of income from sales, with view to augmenting capital of naval supply account fund, as proposed by the Senate.
Amendment No. 30: Appropriates $500,000 for the procurement of strategic and critical materials, instead of $3,000,000, as proposed by the House. The Senate proposed no appropriation.
Amendment No. 33: Provides for the procurement of 11 passengercarrying automobiles, as proposed by the Senate, instead of 10, as proposed by the House.
Amendments Nos. 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38, relating to Public Works, Bureau of Yards and Docks: Raises the cost of the storehouse at the Mare Island Navy Yard from $500,000, as proposed by the House, to the authorized limit of $800,000, as proposed by the Senate; pro
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vides that the appropriation proposed by the House for dredging at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, shall be available for dredging in the fourteenth naval district, as proposed by the Senate; appropriates $40,000 for officers' quarters at the Naval Station, Balboa, Canal Zone, as proposed by the Senate; and appropriates $120,000 for officers' quarters at the Submarine Base, Coco Solo, Canal Zone, to cost in all $360,000, as proposed by the Senate.
Amendments Nos. 40, 41, and 42, relating to the Marine Corps: Provides for continuation of existing limitation upon employment of enlisted men at Marine Corps headquarters, as proposed by the Senate, instead of providing for ultimate discontinuance of the practice, as proposed by the House, and appropriates $2,400,000 under the miscellaneous subhead of the appropriation "General expenses, Marine Corps," as proposed by the Senate, instead of $2,385,000, as proposed by the House.
Amendments Nos. 44 and 45, relating to replacement of naval vessels. Appropriates $117,363,150 under the Construction and machinery” subhead, as proposed by the House, instead of $119,900,000, as proposed by the Senate, and restores the provision proposed by the House designed to curtail the period following the first commissioning date of new ships during which obligations might be incurred. The limitation is not intended to interfere with expenditures in consequence of properly incurred obligations.
WILLIAM B. UMSTEAD,
CHARLES A. PLUMLEY,
COLLECTION AND PUBLICATION OF PEANUT STATISTICS
APRIL 20, 1938.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state
of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. COOLEY, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the
(To accompany S. 1998]
The Committee on Agriculture, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1998) to amend the act entitled "An act to provide for the collection and publication of statistics of peanuts by the Department of Agriculture”, approved June 24, 1936, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass, with the following amendments:
On page 1, line 10, after the word "received” insert the word "processed,” and after the word "and," insert the words "owned by or".
On page 2, line 23, after the word "received" insert the word "processed,” and after the word "and" insert the words "owned by or".
This bill was passed by the Senate during the first session of this Congress and was favorably reported to the House by the House Committee on Agriculture on August 6, 1937. However, it has been found that some errors were contained in the report of that date; therefore the bill has been recommitted, in order that a new report may be filed and also that the bill may be amended in accordance with the above changes, suggested by the Department of Agriculture. The committee has approved these changes and recommends favorable action on the bill.
There is shown below an extract from a recent letter from the Acting Secretary of Agriculture, which explains the purposes of the proposed legislation:
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
Washington, April 6, 1938. Hon. MARVIN JONES, Chairman, Committee on Agriculture,
House of Representatives. DEAR MR. JONES: The Department of Agriculture is experiencing considerable difficulty in collecting the peanut statistics required by 49 United States Statutes at Large, 1898, entitled, “An act to provide for the collection and publication of statistics of peanuts by the Department of Agriculture”, approved June 24, 1936.
Under the statute some of the larger handlers of peanuts, namely, crushers, salters, and manufacturers of peanut products, cannot be required to furnish reports, which has the effect of rendering the statistics collected incomplete and unreliable. Further, the statute fails to provide exemption from reporting for small handlers of peanuts, which has the effect of enormously increasing the work involved in collecting the statistics without materially increasing the completeness or value of the statistics.
There is pending before the House an amendment, S. 1998 (Rept. No. 1451), Union Calendar No. 534, which seeks to correct the above-referred to weakness in the statute and provides further for the collection of statistics on receipts and shipments. However, our experience in collecting similar statistics for other commodities, and the experience in our attempt to collect the peanuts statistics for the past several months, convinces us of the necess'ty of having the authority to collect such statistics on an "ownership” basis as well as on an "in possession" basis.
Operators of storages and warehouses frequently show little interest in reporting stocks on hand. A case in point now exists in connection with numerous warehouses that are storing peanuts for a short period of time for the several cooperative associations operating under the diversion program. Many of these warehousemen are not reporting to us and some of those reporting are omitting the peanuts stored for the associations and reporting only the peanuts stored for farmers and others. On the other hand, peanut cleaners, shellers, crushers, and other processors have generally expressed a preference to report to us on an "ownership" rather than a “possession" basis, and are also interested in having compiled statistics showing the quantity of peanuts "processed”, or milled, as well as owned and on hand.
Therefore, since the pending amendment has passed the Senate, we recommend that it be further amended before final enactment as follows:
On page 1, line 10, after the word “received”, insert the word "processed", and after the word "and”, insert the words “owned by or”.
On page 2, line 23, after the word “received”, insert the word "processed”, and after the word "and", insert the words "owned or”.
Early enactment of S. 1998 as it passed the Senate, further amended as recommended herein, would aid the Department in providing the desired statistics for peanuts. The further amendments recommended herein would not involve additional expense.
This matter was referred to the Bureau of the Budget as required by Budget Circular 344, and the Acting Director thereof advised the Department of Agriculture under date of March 31, 1938, that there would be no objection on the part of that office to the submission of the foregoing report to Congress. Sincerely,
HARRY L. BROWN, Acting Secretary.
CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW
In compliance with paragraph 2a of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by the bill are shown as follows (existing law proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets; new matter is printed in italics; existing law in which no change is proposed is shown in roman):
(PUBLIC—No. 775—74TH CONGRESS) AN ACT To provide for the collection and publication of statistics of peanuts by the Department of
Agriculture Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of Agriculture is hereby authorized and directed to collect and publish statistics of raw peanuts, shelled, unshelled, and crushed, and peanut oil, in the United States, received, processed, shipped, and ouned by or in the possession of warehousemen, brokers, cleaners, shellers, dealers, growers' cooperative associations, crushers, salters, manufacturers of peanut products, [or] and owners other than the original producers of peanuts: Provided, That the Secretary may, in his discretion, omit for any period of time to collect such statistics from any or all sallers of pear utz or manufacturers of peanut products who used during the calendar year preceding that for which statistics are being collected, less than thirty thousand pounds of shelled and unshelled peanuts. Such statistics shall show the quality of peanuts in such details as to kinds— Virginias, Runners, Spanish, and imported varieties—as the Secretary shall deem necessary for the purposes of this Act.
All reports except those required from persons owning or operating peanut picking or threshing machines shall be submitted monthly in
Sec. 2. The Secretary is hereby authorized and directed to collect and publish statistics of the quantity of peanuts picked or threshed by any person owning or operating peanut picking or threshing machines.
Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of every warehouseman, broker, cleaner, [or] sheller, dealer, growers' cooperative association, crusher, salter, manufacturer of peanut products, and owner or oper ator of peanut picking or threshing machines to furnish promptly upon request of the Secretary, within the time prescribed by him, completely and correctly to the best of his knowledge, a report of the quantity of peanuts and peanut oil received, processed, shipped, and owned by or on hand and in the case of an operator of peanut picking and threshing machines the quantity picked or threshed, segregating in accordance with forms furnished for the purpose by the Secretary. Any person required by this Act, or the regulations promulgated thereunder, to furnish reports or information, and any officer, agent, or employee thereof who shall refuse or willfully give answers that are false and misleading, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or to be subject to both such fine and imprisonment.
Sec. 4. The Secretary is hereby authorized to establish and promulgate grades and standards for the classification of peanuts, whenever in his discretion he may see fit.
Sec. 5. That the information furnished under the provisions of this Act shall be used only for the statistical purposes for which it is supplied. No publication shall be made by the Secretary whereby the data furnished by any person can be identified, nor shall the Secretary permit anyone other than the sworn employees of the Department of Agriculture to examine the individual reports.
Sec. 6. The Secretary may make rules and regulations as may be necessary in the administration of this Act and may cooperate with any department or agency of the Government, any State, Territory, District, or possession, or department, agency, or political subdivision thereof, or any person; and shall have the power to appoint, remove, and fix the compensation of such officers and employees not in conflict with existing law, and make such expenditures for rent outside the District of Columbia, printing, binding, telegrams, telephones, law books, books of reference, publications, furniture, stationery, office equipment, travel, and other supplies and expenses, including reporting services, as shall be necessary to the administration of this Act in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, and as may be appropriated for by Congress; and there is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as may be necessary for such purpose.
Sec. 7. That when used in this Act,
(1) The term “person" includes individuals, partnerships, corporations, and associations; (2) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture. Approved, June 24, 1936.