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AUTHORIZING THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO PROCEED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS

FEBRUARY 15, 1945.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. VINSON, from the committee of conference, submitted the

following

CONFERENCE REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 626)

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 626) to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to proceed with the construction of certain public works, and for other purposes, having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the Senate recede from its amendment numbered 1.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 2; and agree to the same.

CARL VINSON,
PATRICK H. DREWRY,

JAMES W. MOTT,
Managers on the part of the House.

David I. Walsh,
MILLARD E. TYDINGS,

HIRAM W. JOHNSON,
Managers on the part of the Senate.

STATEMENT OF THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

The managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 626) to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to proceed with the construction of certain public works, and for other purposes, submit the following statement in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon and recommended in the accompanying conference report as to each of such amendments, namely:

Amendment No. 1. Under the project "Miscellaneous structures and facilities" the Senate inserted including housing for civilian employees”. In conference this provision has been eliminated so that the project as agreed to by the conferees is the same as when the bill passed the House.

Amendment No. 2. The total provided by the bill was $10,000 in error. The conferees on the part of the House accepted the Senate amendment so as to correct this error.

CARL VINSON,
P. H. DREWRY,

JAMES W. MOTT,
Managers on the part of the House.

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ENACTMENT OF TITLE 1 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE

INTO POSITIVE LAW

FEBRUARY 15, 1945.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. KEOGH, from the Committee on Revision of the Laws, submitted

the following

REPORT

|To accompany H. R. 2195)

'The Committee on Revision of the Laws submits the following report in explanation of the bill (H. R. 2195) to codify and enact into positive law title 1 of the United States Code, entitled "General Provisions."

PURPOSE OF THE BILL

This bill is intended to codify and enact into positive law the various provisions of laws contained in title 1 of the United States Code on January 3, 1945. Under existing law those sections of title 1 of the United States Code are merely prima facie evidence of the law, and they are taken from numerous acts and the Revised Statutes, grouped together and classified, for convenience, under the title "General Provisions.”

This is one of a series of bills introduced by Mr. Keogh having as their ultimate purpose the enactment into positive law of all the titles of the United States Code. Such a program is, of course, an ambitious one which will involve considerable research and work, but it is believed that the accomplishment of such task is highly desirable and necessary in view of the vast amount of legislation enacted since the adoption of the Revised Statutes. The adoption of the United States Code as prima facie evidence of the law was a tremendous step in the right direction. The enactment of the code into positive law, title by title, with the repeal of the former statutes constituting each title, is the logical next step.

Similar bills were passed unanimously by the House during the Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses.

SCOPE OF THE BILL

This bill takes each section of title I of the United States Code, 1940 edition as of January 3, 1945, and, without any material change, enacts each section into positive law.

The section numbering has been changed to provide greater latitude in the event of amendments or the enactment of additional sections in the future. To accomplish this each chapter begins with the first number of the next hundred. That is, chapter 1 begins with section 1, chapter 2 begins with section 101, chapter 3 with section 201, and so forth. No attempt is made in this bill to make desired amendments in existing law. That is left to amendatory acts to be introduced after the approval of this bill. Section 2 of the bill provides for the repeal of those sections of the Revised Statutes and Statutes at Large covering the provisions codified in this bill. The only provisions now in title I of the United States Code, 1940 edition, which have been omitted from this bill are the provisions of section 60, which is confined to one repealing act, namely, the act of March 3, 1933, chapter 202 (47 Stat. 1428).

In compliance with clause 2a of rule XIII the changes in existing law are indicated below:

PROPOSED LAW

EXISTING LAW (To Be REPEALED) (United States Code, title 1) Revised Statutes, section 1 (1 U. S. C.,

1940 ed., sec. 1) § 1. In determining the meaning of In determining the meaning of the any Act or resolution of Congress Revised Statutes, or of any Act or resowords importing the singular number lution of Congress passed subsequent to may extend and be applied to several February twenty-fifth, eighteen hunpersons or things; words importing the dred and seventy-one, words importing plural number may include the singular; the singular number may extend and be words importing the masculine gender applied to several persons or things; may be applied to females; the words words importing the plural number may "insane person” and “lunatic” shall include the singular; words importing include every idiot, non compos, lunatic, the masculine gender may be applied to and insane person; the word "person” females; the words "insane person” and may extend and be applied to partner- "lunatic” shall include every idiot, non ships and corporations, and the reference compos, lunatic, and insane person; to any officer shall include any person the word "person” may extend and be authorized by law to perform the duties applied to partnerships and corporaof such office, unless the context shows tions, and the reference to any officer that such words were intended to be used shall include any person authorized by in a more limited sense; and a require- law to perform the duties of such office, ment of an "oath" shall be deemed unless the context shows that such complied with by making affirmation words were intended to be used in a in judicial form.

more limited sense; and a requirement of an "oath” shall be deemed complied with by making affirmation in judicial form.

Revised Statutes, section 2 (1 U. S. C.,

1940 ed., sec. 2) $ 2. The word "county” includes a The word "county" includes a parish, parish, or any other equivalent sub- or any other equivalent subdivision of division of a State or Territory of the a State or Territory of the United United States.

States.

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