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Lipt. 8, 1916
SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE
MESSRS. JOHN J. FITZGERALD (CHAIRMAN), JOHN J. EAGAN,
AND WILLIAM S. VARE
IN CHARGE OF
DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1916
AND PRIOR YEARS
GENERAL DEFICIENCY BILL, 1916.
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS. JOHN J. FITZGERALD (CHAIRMAN), JOHN J. EAGAN, THOMAS U. SISSON, JOSEPH G. CANNON, AND WILLIAM S. VARE, OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF DEFICIENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1916 AND FOR PRIOR YEARS.
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1916.
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.
STATEMENTS OF MR. EDWARD N. HURLEY, VICE CHAIRMAN FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, AND MR. RAYMOND B. STEVENS, CHIEF EXAMINER.
SALARY OF MR. GEORGE RUBLEE, MEMBER OF FEDERAL TRADE COM
The CHAIRMAN. Your item is as follows: The proper disbursing officer of the Federal Trade Commission is authorized and directed to pay George Rublee, from available appropriation, the compensation authorized to be paid a commissioner in the Federal Trade Commission for the period covered by his service as such commissioner from the time of his entry on duty on March sixteenth, nineteen hundred and fifteen, to May fifteenth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, the date when his nomination by the President to such position was rejected by the Senate, notwithstanding section seventeen hundred and sixty-one of the Revised Statutes of the United States to the contrary.
Please explain this.
Mr. HURLEY. Mr. Chairman, Mr. Ruble served as a member of the Federal Trade Commission from March 16, 1915, to May 15, 1916. He gave all of his time to the commission, and not only his time as a commissioner, but he passed on a great many legal matters.
The CHAIRMAN. He was appointed at what time?
Mr. HURLEY. He received a recess appointment after Congress adjourned in 1915.
The CHAIRMAN. Had he been appointed when Congress was in session ?
Mr. Hurley. He was appointed while Congress was in session, but they did not act on his case, and then, when Congress adjourned, the President made a recess appointment on March 5, 1915.
The CHAIRMAN. This law prohibits the payment of his compensation under those circumstances?
Mr. STEVENS. The disbursing officer of the Federal Trade Commission decided under a ruling of the comptroller that this vacancy had occurred during a session of Congress. There was a vacancy during