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ISSUANCE OF CERTAIN SEAMEN'S CERTIFICATES

APRIL 21, 1938.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. BLAND, from the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,

submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany S. 3351)

The Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, to whom was referred the bill (S. 3351) to amend the act of March 4, 1915, as amended, the act of June 23, 1936, section 4551, of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as amended, and for other purposes, having had the same under consideration, report it back to the House with amendments, and as so amended recommend that the bill do pass.

AMENDMENTS

(1) Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the following: That in the administration of section 13 of the Act of March 4, 1915, as amended (U. S. C., 1934 edition, Supp. III, title 46, sec. 672), the Act of June 23, 1936 (U. S. C., 1934 edition, Supp. III, title 46, sec. 391 (a)), and section 4551 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as amended (U. S. C., 1934 edition, Supp. III, title 46, sec. 643), any inspector of hulls, any inspector of boilers, and any assistant inspector designated for that purpose by a board of local inspectors may issue certificates of service, certificates of efficiency, tankermen's certificates, continuous discharge books, and certificates of identification.

(2) Amend the title as follows:

A bill to permit the issuance of certain certificates under the shipping laws by inspectors of hulls, inspectors of boilers, and designated assistant inspectors.

The above amendments carry out the purposes of the bill and, as stated in the report made to the bill H. R. 9882, reported to the House on March 16, 1938, by a change in the language used, more exactly defines the purpose sought to be accomplished.

As reported, the current bill is identical with the bill H. R. 9882, to permit the issuance of certain certificates under the shipping laws by inspectors of hulls, inspectors of boilers, and designated assistant inspectors The bill, H. R. 9882, so reported by your committee passed the House by unanimous consent. In the meantime, the Senate had reported and placed on its calendar S. 3351, and passed it in lieu of the House bill. The change made in S. 3351 makes it identical with the bill which has previously passed the House, and there follows the report which your committee made on H. R. 9882.

(H. Rept. No. 1958, 75th Cong., 3d sess.)

The Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9882) to permit the issuance of certain certificates under the shipping laws by inspectors of hulls, inspectors of boilers, and designated assistant inspectors, having had the same under consideration, report it back to the House without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

The committee had previously authorized a favorable report without amendment on H. R. 9368, a bill to accomplish identically the same purpose; however, it was later discovered that the bill was incorrectly drafted and would possibly admit of confusion in its exact interpretation and administration. The new bill (H. R. 9882), which is the subject of this report, does not change the purpose or the intent of the legislation but by a change in the language used more exactly defines the purpose sought to be accomplished. It will be noted that the report of the Secretary of Commerce refers to the original bill (H. R. 9368).

In a letter dated January 27, 1938, the Secretary of Commerce recommended the enactment of legislation to permit any inspector of hulls, inspector of boilers, or assistant inspector, who may be designated for that purpose by the board of local inspectors of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, Department of Commerce, to issue certificates of service, certificates of efficiency, tankermen's certificates, continuous-discharge (books, and certificates of identification.

During the executive consideration of this measure by your committee, it developed that as the existing law authorized the board of local inspectors to issue certificates of service, and as it was believed that the issuance of these certificates and other certificates, such as certificates of efficiency, tankermen's certificates, continuous-discharge books, and certificates of identification may be accomplished by the assistant inspectors, and thereby allow more time for the inspectors to render other and more important services, your committee considered the enactment of this measure a step forward in more efficient administration of the shipping laws. For this reason the enactment of the bill is recommended.

The Bureau of the Budget has advised that there would be no objection to the transmittal of the Secretary's report to Congress, and that report follows:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, January 27, 1938. Hon. W. B. BANKHEAD,

Speaker, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. SPEAKER: Enclosed is a draft of proposed bill to amend the act of March 4, 1915, as amended, the act of June 23, 1936, section 4551 of the Revised Statutes of the United States as amended, and for other purposes, which, if enacted, will permit any inspector of hulls, inspector of boilers, or assistant inspector, who may be designated for that purpose by the board of local inspectors of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, this Department, to issue certificates of service, certificates of efficiency, tankermen's certificates, continuous discharge books, and certificates of identification.

As, under existing law, the board of local inspectors is required to issue certificates of service, and as it is believed that the issuance of these and other certificates named in the draft may be made, in many instances, by the assistant inspectors, and thereby allow more time for the inspectors to render other and more important services, the enactment of the proposed legislation is recommended.

The Bureau of the Budget has advised that there would be no objection to the transmission of the proposed draft to Congress. Cordially yours,

DANIEL C. ROPER,

Secretary of Commerce. O

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LIGHTHOUSE MATERIAL FOR USE OF SEA SCOUTS

APRIL 21, 1938.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. O'LEARY, from the Committee on Merchant Marine and

Fisheries, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 9557)

The Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9557) to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to dispose of material in the Bureau of Lighthouses to the Sea Scout Department of the Boy Scouts of America, having had the same under consideration, report it back without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

The bill clearly sets forth its purpose which is to authorize the Secretary of Commerce, in his discretion, to dispose of without charge, except for transportation and delivery to the Sea Scout Department of the Boy Scouts of America, such condemned or obsolete material as may not be needed for the Bureau of Lighthouses, and such other material as may be spared at prices representing its fair value to the Department of Commerce.

The Secretary of Commerce as shown in letter below is favorably disposed to the enactment of the proposed legislation, and advises that the Bureau of the Budget has indicated that there would be no objection by that office to the submission of that report to the committee.

The Acting Secretary of the Treasury advises that in his opinion the proposed legislation is meritorious and its enactment is recommended. He says also that he is advised by the Acting Director, Bureau of the Budget, that there is no objection to the presentation of that report. The letters referred to above follow:

APRIL 11, 1938. Hon. S. O. BLAND, Chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In your letter dated February 22, 1938, you requested the views and recommendations of this Department with regard to H. R. 9557, a bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to dispose of material of the Bureau of Lighthouses to the Sea Scout Department of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Department is favorably disposed to the enactment of the proposed legislation.

The Bureau of the Budget has indicated that there would be no objection by that Office to the submission of this report to your committee. Cordially yours,

J. M. JOHNSON, Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 30, 1938. Hon. 8. O. BLAND, Chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Further reference is made to your letter of February 22, 1938, requesting my recommendation with respect to bill H. R. 9557, to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to dispose of material of the Bureau of Lighthouses to the Sea Scout Department of the Boy Scouts of America.

In my opinion, the proposed legislation is meritorious, and its enactment is recommended.

I am advised by the Acting Director, Bureau of the Budget, that there is no objection to the presentation of this report. Very truly yours,

WAYNE C. TAYLOR, Ading Secretary of the Treasury.

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MANITOWOC LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S RESIDENCE

APRIL 21, 1938.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. BLAND, from the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,

submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 9707)

The Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9707) to authorize the conveyance of the old lighthouse keeper's residence in Manitowoc, Wis., to the Otto Oas Post, No. 659, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Manitowoc, Wis., having had the same under consideration, report it back to the House with an amendment and as so amended, recommend that the bill do pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the following: That upon terms satisfactory to the Director of Procurement and at a price not less than 50 per centum of its value as of the date when possession of the hereinafter-described property was taken under lease by the hereinafter designated post, as said value shall be estimated and determined by the Director of Procurement, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized and directed to convey, by quitclaim deed to the Otto Oas Post, Numbered 659, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the old lighthouse keeper's residence in Manitowoc, Wsiconsin, together with the land appurtenant thereto, being lots one (1) and two (2) in block one hundred and seventy-eight (178), southwesterly corner of Fifth and York Streets, which is now leased to the said post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, under a lease expiring on December 31, 1940, such land being no longer required for use by the Lighthouse Service. Should the Otto Oas Post, Numbered 659, Veterans of Foreign Wars, cease to occupy the property for club headquarters or alienate or attempt to alienate such property, title thereto shall revert to the United States.

By letter dated March 22, 1938, from Assistant Secretary of Commerce J. M. Johnson to the chairman of this committee, appended below, it will appear that, as amended, the bill will not be in conflict with the program of the President.

It appears that the keeper's residence is no longer required by, and is surplus to, the needs of the Lighthouse Service, since a more satisfactory site has been provided where the keepers now reside. The

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