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MESSRS. JOSEPH W. BYRNS (CHAIRMAN),
IN CHARGE OF
WASHINGTON : 1931
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JOSEPH W. BYRNS, Tennessee, Chairman JAMES P. BUCHANAN, Texas.
WILLIAM R. WOOD, Indiana. EDWARD T. TAYLOR, Colorado.
EDWARD H. WASON, New Hampshire. WILLIAM B. OLIVER, Alabama.
GEORGE HOLDEN TINKHAM, Massachusetts. ANTHONY J. GRIFFIN, New York,
BURTON L. FRENCH, Idaho. JOHN N. SANDLIN, Louisiana.
MILTON W. SHREVE, Pennsylvania. WILLIAM A. AYRES, Kansas.
FRANK MURPHY, Ohio. ROSS A, COLLINS, Mississippi.
JOHN W. SUMMERS, Washington, WILLIAM W. HASTINGS, Oklahoma.
HENRY E. BARBOUR, California. WILLIAM C. WRIGHT, Georgia.
GUY U. HARDY, Colorado. CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri.
JOHN TABER, New York. CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Virginia.
MAURICE H. THATCHER, Kentucky. WILLIAM W. ARNOLD, Illinois.
FRANK CLAGUE, Minnesota. JOHN J. BOYLAN, New York.
ROBERT G. SIMMONS, Nebraska.
WILLIAM P. HOLADAY, Illinois.
MARCELLUS C. SHEILD, Clerk
LIDRATY OF CONGRESS
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DIVISION OF DOCUMENTS
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FIRST DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATION BILL, 1931
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1931.
STATEMENT OF BRIGADIER GENERAL FRANK T. HINES, ADMIN
ISTRATOR OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS; HAROLD W. BREINING,
MILITARY AND NAVAL COMPENSATION, 1932
The CHAIRMAN, General, you have an item here of $46,872,975 which is not urgent, but which you wish carried in the deficiency bill?
General Hines. In the first deficiency bill.
General HINES. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, I am called before you to-day with reference to the item of $46,872,975, included as a part of the first urgent deficiency bill for the Veterans' Administration. This supplemental appropriation is required for the purpose of assisting in meeting payments for military and naval compensation for the fiscal year 1932. The appropriation for military and naval compensation for this period is $267,327,025, and this amount is insufficient to meet the complete anticipated expenditures for the balance of the fiscal year. The inadequacy of the appropriation was known at the time I appeared before the committee in connection with the 1932 estimate, and the attention of the committee was specifically invited to that fact in the following language which appears in the hearing on independent offices appropriation bill for 1932:
When the estimate for 1932 was submitted to the Bureau of the Budget, no action had resulted from the amendment to the World War veterans' act which had just been passed. (P. 273, hearing, January 6, 1931.)
Extending the experience subsequent to the submission of the original estimate for 1932, and the best data obtainable at this time concerning future trends, the anticipated expenditure for the fiscal year 1932 for “ Military and naval compensation” will be $288,151,848, or $20,824,823 in excess of the amount included in the 1932 Budget. (P. 274, hearing, January 6, 1931.)
I did not, at that time, advocate any increase in the amount then being considered, inasmuch as it was felt that sufficient experience had not been had in connection with the administering of the new benefits, upon which a reasonably accurate estimate could be based. Consequently, it is now necessary to request a supplemental appropriation and I'will proceed to analyze developments so far during