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Messrs. J. T. JOHNSON, A. S. BURLESON, J. G. MOHENRY,
J. W. BYRNS, F. H. GILLETT, AND E. L. TAYLOR, JR.
IN CHARGE OF
THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND
BILL FOR 1913
LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS. J. T. JOHNSON, A. S. BURLESON, J. G. MCHENRY, J. W. BYRNS, F. H. GILLETT, AND E. L. TAYLOR, JR., OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1913, ON THE DAYS NAMED.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1912.
THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON ECONOMY AND
STATEMENTS OF MR. FREDERICK A. CLEVELAND, MR. WILLIAM F.
WILLOUGHBY, AND MR. MERRITT 0. CHANCE, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.
Mr. Johnson. Mr. Cleveland, we are beginning this morning bearings on the legislative, executive, and judicial appropriation bill. We are in thorough sympathy with the President's efforts to economize in governmental expenditures. We have sent for you in order that, if you have any information which will enable us to economize, you may give it to us before we mark up this bill. You may proceed to make any statement you may think would be of value to the committee in marking up the bill.
Mr. CLEVELAND. Do I understand that the question goes to the executive estimates, is that the subject? I do not quite understand the question, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Johnson. Of course, this bill which we mark up will be based upon these estimates, but if you are in possession of any information which will enable us to change any of those estimates by consolidating bureaus or changing the method of doing business in any of the bureaus, we would like to be put in possession of that information before we mark up the bill and before we call in the heads of the departments. For instance, suppose that you recommend that the Revenue-Cutter Service be abolished; we would want to examine the heads of the departments upon that question, and they might take a different view. Consequently, we want to be put in possession of any information you think will help us to mark up this bill and will help us to examine the heads of the departments when they come before the committee.