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EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.
BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,
Washington, D. C., November 29, 1944. Hon. CARTBR MANABCO, Chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments,
House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. MANASCO: This is in response to your letter of November 22, 1944, requesting the views of the Bureau of the Budget regarding the proposal contained in H. R. 5468, a bill to provide for the barring of certain claims by the United States in connection with Government checks and warrants.
This legislation was initiated by the Treasury Department at the suggestion of the American Bankers Association.
The Comptroller General, who is concerned with the settlement of a wide variety of claims, including claims arising out of forged, unauthorized signature, or altered Government checks, has expressed the opinion to this office that the proposal contained in the bill is not unreasonable.
The Bureau of the Budget is of the opinion that the enactment of the proposed legislation would be appropriate. Very truly yours,
HAROLD D. SMITH, Director.
Washington 25, November 30, 1944.
House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Further reference is made to your letter of November 18, 1944, requesting the views of this Department concerning the bill H. R. 3468, “to provide for the barring of certain claims by the United States in connection with Government checks and warrants."
This Department had occasion to consider a similar bill in draft form earlier this year.
At that time, a report was submitted to the Honorable Brent Spence, chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency, a copy of which is enclosed. Since the proposed legislation embodies the amendments suggested by this Department in its report on the draft bill, the Department has no further recommendation to make. Very truly yours,
CHARLES S. BELL, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary.
JUNE 21, 1944. Hon. BRENT SPENCE, Chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency,
House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Further reference is made to your letter of May 9, 1944, requesting the views of this Department concerning a draft bill to provide for the barring of certain claims by the United States in connection with Government checks and warrants, which the American Bankers Association has requested you to introduce.
The bill would prohibit the bringing of any court proceeding by the United States to enforce the liability of any endorser, transferor, depositary, or financial agent arising out of a forged or unauthorized signature or endorsement upon or alteration of any Government check unless such proceeding is commenced within 6 years after the check is presented for payment, or unless written notice shall have been given within that period of a claim on account of such liability.
While at the present time there is no statute of limitations with respect to the claims in question, it is felt that the statute of limitations which would be imposed by the proposed bill is not unreasonable, and the Department would interpose no objection to the enactment of the proposed legislation by the Congress.
For the purpose of clarification, it is suggested that the words to the Treasurer of the United States" be inserted following the word "presentation" in the tenth line of the bill.
The Department has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that there is no objection to the submission of this report to your committee. Very truly yours,
D. W. BEIL,
CONSIDERATION OF S. 35
FEBRUARY 12, 1945. — Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed
Mr. John J. DELANEY, from the Committee on Rules, submitted
(To accompany H. Res. 127)
The Committee on Rules, having had under consideration House Resolution 127, reports the same to the House with the recommendation that the resolution do pass.
79TH CONGRESS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
REPORT No. 103
ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION, FISCAL YEAR 1945, FOR
THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
FEBRUARY 12, 1945.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
state of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. CANNON of Missouri, from the Committee on Appropriations,
submitted the following
[To accompany H. J. Res. 100)
The Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred the joint resolution (H. J. Res. 100) entitled "Joint resolution making an additional appropriation for the fiscal year 1945 for the Public Health Service," reports the measure with a favorable recommendation for its early consideration and passage by the House.
The Budget estimate upon which the joint resolution is based was submitted by the President on January 11, 1945 (H. Doc. 29), in the sum of $184,000, and that is the amount which the committee recommends be appropriated.
The estimate ensues from the pressing need to relieve congestion which has occurred at the Staten Island Marine Hospital as the result of increased merchant marine activities consequent upon the war. Such hospital has a normal bed capacity of 869 beds. By utilizing all spaces usually left free for other purposes and by installing “doubledecker" beds, the bed capacity has been increased to 1,200 beds. Within the past 10 days the number of bed patients reached 1,195. Manifestly, remedial measures are necessary and urgent.
The remedy proposed and contemplated by the joint resolution is to lease from the city of New York the 300-bed hospital facility known as the Neponsit Beach Hospital, located at Rockaway Beach, Long Island, N. Y., which would permit of the removal thereto of the tuberculosis patients at the Staten Island Marine Hospital, numbering