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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PASSED AT THE
FIRST SESSION OF THE SIXTY-FIFTH CONGRESS.
PUBLIC LAWS OF THE SIXTY-FIFTH CONGRESS
Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the city of Washington, in the
District of Columbia, on Monday, the second day of April, 1917, and was adjourned
without day on Saturday, the sixth day of October, 1917. WOODROW WILSON, President; THOMAS R. MARSHALL, Vice President; WILLARD
SAULSBURY, President of the Senate pro tempore; CHAMP CLARK, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
CHAP. 1.-Joint Resolution Declaring that a state of war exists between the Im
April 6, :917.
(S. J. Res. 1.) perial German Government and the Government and the people of the United States and making provision to prosecute the same.
(Pub. Res., No. 1.) Whereas the Imperial German Government has committed repeated
acts of war against the Government and the people of the United
War with Germany. States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of war between the United States and the Imperial German Government
Proclamations, p. 6. which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally
President authorized declared; and that the President be, and he is hereby, authorized and to use Army, Navy, directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United etc., to prosecute. States and the resources of the Government to carry on war against the Imperial German Government; and to bring the conflict to a successful termination all of the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.
Approved, April 6, 1917.
April 11, 1917. CHAP. 2.-An Act Making appropriations for certain expenses incident to the (H. R. 122.) first session of the Sixty-fifth Congress, and for other purposes.
(Public, No. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following, sums are first session Sixty-fifth appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appro- Congress. priated, namely:
The appropriations for mileage of Senators, Members of the House, Mileage for Congress of Representatives, and Delegates from the Territories, and expenses Vol.39, pp. 1070, 1073. of Resident Commissioners, made in the legislative, executive, and judicial appropriation Act for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen, are made immediately available and authorized to be paid
to Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Delegates from the Territories, and Resident
Commissioners, for attendance on the first session of the Sixty-fifth Congress.
House of Representatives.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
For stationery for Members and Delegates and Resident Commissioners, at $125 each, for the first session of the Sixty-fifth Congress,
$55,000. Employees until June 30, 1917.
For the following employees during the first session of the Sixtyfifth Congress, but not longer than until and including June thirtieth,
nineteen hundred and seventeen, namely: Pages.
For forty-six pages, including two riding pages, four telephone
pages, one press gallery page, and ten pages for duty at the entrances Post office messen- to the Hall of the House, at $2.50 per day each; nine messengers in
the post office at the rate of $100 per month each; in all, $13,720, or so much thereof as may be necessary.
Approved, April 11, 1917.
CHAP. 3.-An Act Making appropriations to supply deficiencies in appropria. tions for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, ad prior fiscal years, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to supply deficiencies in appropriations for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and seventeen, and prior fiscal years, and for other purposes, namely:
For contingent expenses of the Executive Office, including stationery, record books, telegrams, telephones, books for library, furniture and carpets for offices, automobiles, expenses of garage, including labor, and miscellaneous items, to be expended in the discretion of the President, $2,500.
For the system of international exchanges between the United States and foreign countries, under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution, including necessary employees and purchase of necessary books and periodicals, $3,500.
Federal Trade Commission.
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.
For compensation, travel expense, and per diem in lieu of subsistence at the rate of $4, of such special attorneys, special experts, special examiners, special agents, clerks, and other employees as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying on the work of said commission; no salary shall be paid hereunder exceeding the rate of $5,000 per annum; $50,000.
The accounting officers of the Treasury Department are authorized and directed to credit in the accounts of George Johannes, special disbursing agent, Federal Trade Commission, the sum of $94.65, representing amounts paid by him for subscriptions to periodicals and publications of the nature of books of reference disallowed by the accounting officers of the Treasury Department.
COMMISSION ON STANDARD WORKDAY OF RAILROAD Railroad Workday
For additional expenses of the Eight-Hour Commission, created by Vol. 39, p. 721. the Act of September third and fifth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, to complete the work of the commission and to enable it to make the report called for by the said Act, $35,000, to continue available during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen.
BUREAU OF EFFICIENCY.
To enable the Bureau of Efficiency to make the investigations Vol.39, pp. 1080, 1122. required by the legislative, executive, and judicial appropriation Act for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen, $20,000, to continue available during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen: Provided, That no person shall be employed hereunder at a compensation exceeding $4,000 per annum. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
Department of State.
Relief, etc., of Ameri. For the relief, protection, and transportation of American citizens, can citizens in Europe. in connection with or growing out of the existing political disturbance in Europe, $250,000, to be expended at the discretion of the President and to be available during the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen: Provided, That American citizens to whom relief is extended or transportation is furnished hereunder shall pay to or reimburse the United States all reasonable expenses so incurred, respectively, on their account, if financially able to do so. A detailed statement of all expenditures hereunder and of all itures:
Statement of expend. amounts reimbursed to the United States of such expenditures shall be made to Congress on or before the beginning of its next regular session.
Second Pan American Scientific Congress: The amount which may tific Congress. be expended for salaries from the appropriation of $42,000 for prepa- increased. ration and printing of the reports, proceedings, and papers of the Second Pan American Scientific Congress, contained in the general Vol. 39, p. 802. deficiency appropriation Act approved September eighth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, is increased from $3,300 to $5,000.
Treasury DepartTREASURY DEPARTMENT.
Pan American Scien
Amount for salaries
For stationery for the Treasury Department and its several bureaus and offices, $30,000.
For purchase, exchange, maintenance, and repair of motor trucks; purchase, exchange, and maintenance of horses, including shoeing; purchase and repair of wagons, horse-drawn passenger-carrying vehicles, and harness, all to be used for official purposes only, $5,000.
Refund of taxes.
To enable the Secretary of the Treasury to refund money covered into the Treasury as internal-revenue collections, under the pro- vol. 35, p. 325. visions of the Act approved May twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred Vol. 35, p. 325. and eight, $75,000.
The Commissioner of Internal Revenue, subject to regulation Emergency taxes. prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, may make allowance stamps.
Vol. 38, p. 745. for or redeem stamps, issued under authority of the Act approved October twenty-second, nineteen hundred and fourteen, entitled “An Act to increase the internal revenue, and for other purposes,”