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200 or more continuously. It is felt that this measure of relief would enable the Staten Island Marine Hospital to meet such demands as may be made upon it as long as the war continues.

The city of New York has agreed to lease the Neoponsit Beach Hospital to the Public Health Service for the official duration period of the war at a rental of $1 for the first year and at the rate of $30,000 per year thereafter.

The hospital has been closed for 2 years because of difficulties experienced in keeping it properly staffed. It is generally in good condition, but some repairs are necessary and there will be a need to provide considerable equipment, technical and otherwise.

The amount proposed would be employed generally, as follows: Repairs and alterations.--

$55, 000 Fuel oil for heating during repair period.

4,000 Equipment and supplies

125, CCO Total..

184, 000 The proposed appropriation is phrased so as to permit the hospital to be readied for the reception of patients in the most expeditious way practicable.

The appropriation which would be augmented by the amount of the instant proposal, namely, $15,405,823, is not adequate to meet this unanticipated expense.




FEBRUARY 12, 1945.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. PETERSON of Florida, from the Committee on the Public Lands,

submitted the following


[To accompany H. R. 1705)

The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1705) providing for the appointment of a United States commissioner for the Big Bend National Park in the State of Texas, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon and recommend that the bill do pass without amendment.


The proposed legislation provides for the appointment of a commissioner for the Big Bend National Park. This park was established on June 12, 1944, under the authority contained in the act of June 20, 1935 (49 Stat. 393). The United States accepted the cession by the State of Texas of jurisdiction over such lands as of August 15, 1944. It is customary where the State cedes jurisdiction over national park land that a United States Commissioner be appointed, and legislation of a similar character has been passed in other national-park legislation. It is felt that protection should be given the building already there and to the trees and animals in this area. This legislation meets with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior. It was introduced by the Congressman from the district in which the Big Bend National Park is situated and he has furnished the committee data in support of the legislation and has urged the passage thereof. The bill was unanimously reported by the committee and passage thereof is urged.

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FEBRUARY 12, 1945.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. SNYDER, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the



(To accompany H. R. 2126]

The Committee on Appropriations submits the following port in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for civil functions of the War Department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1946.


The Budget estimates of appropriations forming the bases of consideration for committee action will be found in the Budget for the fiscal year 1946 on the pages indicated in the following table:

Pages upon which esti. mates appear in 1946

Budget Cemeterial expenses (normal) -.

642-643 Alaska communications system (normal)

643 Rivers and harbors

697-698 Flood control

644-645, 698-700 U. S. Soldiers' Home, Washington, D. C..

645 Panama Canal...

646-653 The bill carries a total of direct appropriations of $99,165,940. This amount is $3,309,900 less than the appropriations for 1945 and $97,300 less than the Budget estimates for 1946. A detailed comparison of the amounts carried in the bill, the Budget estimates, and the appropriations for 1945 by items will be found beginning on page 8 of this report.


For maintaining and improving national cemeteries the bill proposes $1,658,700, which is a reduction of $7,300 from the Budget figure but an increase of $42,000 over the current fiscal year. War conditions account for the increase. There are other expenses, normally charged to this appropriation, which are being borne by military appropriations during the war. They are obviously unpredictable.

The reduction from the Budget figure is the result of disapproval, at the present time, of funds for plans for the replacement of lodges at Fayetteville, Arkansas, National Cemetery, and at Keokuk, Iowa, National Cemetery in the amount of $10,000 each, and a flagpole at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Missouri, in the amount of $2,300. The latter amount is considered to be excessive.

Pursuant to an act approved December 7, 1944, Public Law 470, Seventy-eighth Congress, the Chattanooga National Cemetery was transferred from the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of War for administration. Unexpended funds were likewise transferred. The act, however, was passed after the estimates for

. cemeteries for fiscal year 1946 were submitted to and approved by the Budget. Consequently, the estimates upon which this bill is based carried no funds for the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The Quartermaster General's Office has suggested that $15,000 is a reasonable amount for the maintenance, care, and operation of this cemetery, based upon experience prior to June 10, 1933, when it was under the jurisdiction of the War Department, and the committee has included such amount in the bill.

No provision is included for additional cemeteries, but funds are provided for the development in Arlington National Cemetery of some 9 acres as a burial section, and for the improvement in Keokuk, Iowa, National Cemetery of an adjoining tract donated by the city of Keokuk.


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The Alaska communication system, serving both civil and military needs, has been operated by the Signal Corps since 1901. During the pre-war period the system comprised 22 stations, 21 in Alaska and 1 at Seattle, Wash. At this time there are 38 stations, 37 distributed over the whole of Alaska and 1 at Seattle. Pre-war receipts for commercial traffic of approximately $375,000 a year were more than doubled during the fiscal year 1944 and the trend for the first part of the present fiscal year is upward.

The Budget has recommended the same amount of $227,840 for fiscal 1946 as has been carried each year since fiscal 1943. This does not represent the cost of conducting the commercial traffic but is the pre-war level at which the appropriation was frozen as a basing figure when peacetime operation is resumed. Costs in excess of such amount are paid from the military appropriations, since the military requirements at this time greatly exceed civilian requirements.

Earnings of the system during 1944 in the amount of $447,000 have been deposited in the Treasury as "Miscellaneous receipts."

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