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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
S. 518 and H.R. 3932
MARCH 5 AND 9, 1973
Printed for the use of the Committee on Government Operations
U.S. GOVERNMENT. PRINTING OFFICE
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
CHET HOLIFIELD, California, Chairman JACK BROOKS, Texas
FRANK HORTON, New York L. H. FOUNTAIN, North Carolina
JOHN N. ERLENBORN, Illinois ROBERT E, JONES, Alabama
JOHN W. WYDLER, New York JOHN E. MOSS, California
CLARENCE J. BROWN, Ohio DANTE B. FASCELL, Florida
GUY VANDER JAGT, Michigan HENRY S. REUSS, Wisconsin
GILBERT GUDE, Maryland TORBERT H. MACDONALD, Massachusetts PAUL N. MCCLOSKEY, JR., California WILLIAM S. MOORHEAD, Pennsylvania JOHN H. BUCHANAN, JR., Alabama WM. J. RANDALL, Missouri
SAM STEIGER, Arizona BENJAMIN S. ROSENTHAL, New York GARRY BROWN, Michigan JIM WRIGHT, Texas
CHARLES THONE, Nebraska FERNAND J. ST GERMAIN, Rhode Island RICHARD W. MALLARY, Vermont JOHN C. CULVER, Iowa
STANFORD E. PARRIS, Virginia FLOYD V. HICKS, Washington
RALPH S. REGULA, Ohio DON FUQUA, Florida
ANDREW J. HINSHAW, California JOHN CONYERS, JR., Michigan
ALAN STEELMAN, Texas BILL ALEXANDER, Arkansas
JOEL PRITCHARD, Washington BELLA S. ABZUG, New York
ROBERT P. HANRAHAN, Illinois HAROLD D. DONOHUE, Massachusetts JAMES V. STANTON, Ohio LEO J. RYAN, California
ERT ROBACK, Staff Director
J. P. CARLSON, Minority Counsel
LEGISLATION AND MILITARY OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
CHET HOLIFIELD, California, Chairman BENJAMIN S. ROSENTHAL, New York FRANK HORTON, New York JIM WRIGHT, Texas
JOHN N. ERLENBORN, Illinois FERNANDJ. ST GERMAIN, Rhode Island JOHN W. WYDLER, New York DON FUQUA, Florida
CLARENCE J. BROWN, Ohio WILLIAM S. MOORHEAD, Pennsylvania RICHARD W. MALLARY, Vermont ROBERT E. JONES, Alabama
HERBERT ROBACK, Stal Director
PAUL RIDGELY, Investigator
MARY ETTA HAGA, Clerk
SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE STAFF
WARREN BUHLER, Minority Staj Yember
panied by Dwight Ink, Assistant Director; and Jim Bradley, General
Cohen, Wilbur J., dean, School of Education, l'niversity of Michigan.- 121
Price, Don K., dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Uni-
Brooks, Hon. Jack, a Representative in Congress from the State of
Texas: A bill to provide for the appointment by the President, by
Evans, Hon. Frank E., a Representative in Congress from the State of
California, and chairman, Legislation and Military Operations Sub-
CONFIRMATION OF THE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DI
RECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 1973
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.O. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:10 a.m., in room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Chet Holifield (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Chet Holifield. Benjamin S. Rosenthal, Jack Brooks, Jim Wright, Fernand J. St Germain, Don Fuqua, William S. Moorhead, Frank Horton, John N. Erlenborn, John W. Wydler, Clarence J. Brown, and Richard W. Mallary.
Also present: Herbert Roback, staff director; Elmer W. Henderson, general counsel; Miles Q. Romney, counsel-administrator; Douglas Dahlin, counsel for military operations; Paul Ridgely, investigator; James Lanigan, consultant; and Warren Buhler, minority professional staff, Committee on Government Operations.
Chairman HOLIFIELD. The committee will come to order.
The hearing today is concerned with bills which would require Senate confirmation of the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Committee on Government Operations, by rule of the House, has jurisdiction, among other things, over budget and accounting matters—other than appropriations--and that is why various bills on confirmation of these officers have been referred to our committee.
The Senate already has taken action on this matter. On February 5, 1973, the Senate passed S. 518, Senator Ervin's bill-cosponsored by 27 other Senators-with a floor amendment by Senator Byrd of West Virginia. The bill now is before our committee, in conjunction with a number of House bills including H.R. 3932, introduced by Mr. Brooks, the ranking member of our committee, and cosponsored by 20 other members of the committee, including the chairman.
Evidently, there is strong sentiment in the Congress for legislative action on this subject. This attitude bespeaks a deep concern for strengthening the Congress as an institution to maintain the proper balance of power in Government. The President, by impounding actions, by zero budgeting, and by far-reaching reorganizations of the executive branch not specifically authorized by the Congress, has precipitated what many believe is a constitutional crisis in this country.
I am not an alarmist and I do not believe that the Congress is so fragile an institution that it will be crushed by the recent assertions