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71st CONGRESS

Ad Session

SENATE

REPORT No. 1057

SITES FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS

JUNE 18 (calendar day, JUNE 20), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. KEYES, from the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds,

submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 12343]

The Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 12343) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to accept donations of sites for public buildings, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass.

This legislation was introduced at the request of the Treasury Department and meets with the approval of the Post Office Department. If enacted, it will permit the Secretary of the Treasury, in his discretion, to accept the donation of sites for Federal buildings that are occasionally offered to the Government, free of cost, by public-spirited citizens.

There is a case in Pennsylvania at the present time where a site is offered to the Government under the terms of a will, but the title has to be accepted by the Government prior to July 1, 1930.

Your committee is of the opinion that the passage of this proposed legislation is decidedly in the interest of the Federal Government.

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71st CONGRESS

2d Session

SENATE

REPORT No. 1058

TO APPLY THE PENSION LAWS TO THE COAST GUARD

JUNE 18 (calendar day, JUNE 20), 1930.--Ordered to be printed

Mr. Robinson of Indiana, from the Committee on Pensions, sub

mitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 12099) The Committee on Pensions to whom was referred the bill H. R. 12099, to apply the Pension Laws to the Coast Guard to include the members of the Coast Guard, their widows, children, and dependent parents, under the same regulations and restrictions as there are, or may be, provided by law with respect to officers and enlisted men of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, having considered the same report back to the Senate with the recommendation that the bill do pass without amendment. The House report on the same bill is as follows:

[House Report No. 1374, Seventy-first Congress, second session) The Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the bills (H. R. 258, H. R. 705, H. R. 3753, H. R. 8643, and H. R. 9879) to apply the pension laws to the Coast Guard, to include the members of the Coast Guard, their widows and children and dependent parents, under the same regulations and restrictions as there are or may be provided by law with respect to officers and enlisted men of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, after consideration of the bill, and having heard the Member who introduced the bill, representatives from the Coast Guard, Bureau of Pensions, Treasury Department, and other persons representing those who would become beneficiaries thereunder, respectfully submit the following report with the recommendation that the bill H. R. 12099 do pass.

The effect of the bill, as its terms clearly specify, is to place the officers and enlisted men of the Coast Guard, their widows, children, and dependent parents in the same category as to pensions as are the officers and enlisted men of the Army and Navy, their widows, children, and dependent parents.

The Coast Guard was organized in 1915 by an act of Congress approved January 28, 1915, by consolidating the Revenue Cutter Service and Life Saving Service, and as the bill contains no limitations, its effect would be to include within its scope disability and death incurred in the service in line of duty since that time.

Should the bill become a law the minimum rate of pension would be $6 per month in the case of an enlisted man, with the maximum rate of $125 per month in the case of an officer or enlisted man who became blind by reason of service in the line of duty.

NOTES IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING

The act of September 1, 1922, contains a provision which allows & rate of $100 per month on account of total disability of both hands or both feet, if due to causes originating in line of duty in service in the war with Spain, Philippine insurrection, or Chinese Boxer rebellion.

The rate provided by law for such disability incurred in service other than in the wars named, is $31.25 as fixed by the act of June 4, 1872. In such cases a rate of $72 might be allowed, however, if the disability was such as to require regular aid and attendancé (first grade).

As shown in the table a rate of $72 per month may be allowed from June 17, 1878, on account of a disability requiring regular aid and attendance of another person. This is true, however, only in cases in which the rate of $50 had been granted prior to June 16, 1880, under the act of June 18, 1874. The rate of $72 for such degree of disability in all cases is granted by the act of June 16, 1880.

The expressions "first grade, second grade,” and “third grade," describing rates of pension for certain degrees of disability, were formerly in general use, and are still applied in some cases.

These expressions are believed to have had their origin in the act of June 6, 1866, in which three degrees of disability are described, (a) disability requiring regular aid and attendance, for which a rate of $25 was provided; (b) disability resulting in incapacity to perform manual labor, for which a rate of $20 was provided; and (c) disability equivalent to the loss of a hand or foot, for which a rate of $15 per month was provided. These three degrees of disability appear to have constituted what was known as first, second, and third grade.

This theory as to the origin of “grade rates” is strengthened somewhat by the fact that in section 4 of the act of March 3, 1873, it is provided “That all persons who under like circumstances have lost a leg above the knee and in consequence thereof are so disabled that they can not use artificial limbs, shall be rated in the second class and receive $24 per month,” and this language is repeated in section 4698 of the Revised Statutes. The rate of incapacity to perform manual labor (second grade) had been increased by act of June 4, 1872, from $20 to $24. The amputation described was, of course, not a “second grade” disability, but the act of March 3, 1873, directed that it "be rated in the second class."

The recognized rate of pension at the present time for "first grade” is $72 per month; for "second grade,” $30 per month; and for “third grade,” $24 per month. Table of maximum rates specified by law at the present time for disabilities incurred in service in line of duty

Per month Loss of both legs..

$125.00 Loss of both arms.

125. 00 Loss of both hands.

100.00 Loss of both feet.-

100.00 Loss of sight of both eyes.

125. 00 Loss of an eye; the other lost before enlistment.

100. 00 Regular aid and attendance (first grade)

72. 00 Loss of one hand and one foot..

90.00 Total disability in one hand and one foot..

90. 00 Amputation at shoulder or hip joint, or so near joint as to prevent use of artificial limb...

72. 00 Frequent aid and attendance.

50. 00

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Per month Total disability of arm or leg---

$90,00 Amputation at or above elbow or knee..

90. 00 Loss of a hand or a foot...

80. 00 Total disability of one hand or one foot.

80. 00 Total deafness.-

40. 00 Inability to perform manual labor (second grade).

30. 00 Disability equivalent to loss of hand or foot (third grade)

24. 00 Table of rates fixed pursuant to section 4699, Revised Statutes of the United States,

for certain disabilities incurred in service in line of duty not specified by law

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Per month Ankylosis of ankle....

$12.00 Ankylosis of wrist..

12. 00 Loss of sight of one eye.

12. 00 Loss of one eye.

17. 00 Nearly total deafness of one ear

6. 00 Total deafness of one ear.

10. 00 Slight deafness of both ears..

6. 00 Severe deafness of one ear and slight of the other..

10. 00 Nearly total deafness of one ear and slight of the other.

15. 00 Total deafness of one ear and slight of the other.-

20. 00 Severe deafness of both ears..

22. 00 Total deafness of one ear and severe of the other.

25. 00 Deafness of both ears existing in a degree nearly total.

27. 00 Loss of palm of hand and all the fingers, the thumb remaining

17.00 Loss of thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers.

17. 00 Loss of thumb, index, and middle fingers.

17. 00 Loss of thumb and little finger

15. 00 Loss of thumb, index and little fingers

17. 00 Loss of thumb and index finger..

15. 00 Loss of thumb...

12.00 Loss of thumb and metacarpal bone..

15. 00 Loss of all the fingers, thumb and palm remaining

17. 00 Loss of index, middle, and ring fingers.

17. 00 Loss of middle, ring, and little fingers.

15. 00 Loss of index and middle fingers..

12. 00 Loss of little and middle fingers.

12. 00 Loss of little and ring fingers.

10. 00 Loss of ring and middle fingers

10. 00 Loss of index and little fingers.

10. 00 Loss of index finger.

6. 00 Loss of all the toes of one foot.

15. 00 Loss of great, second, and third toes.

12. 00 Loss of great toe and metatarsal.

12. 00 Loss of great and second toes..

12. 00 Loss of great toe..

8. 00 Chopart's amputation of foot, with good results.

17. 00 Pirogoff's modification of Syme's..

17.00 Inguinal hernia which passes through the external ring

15. 00 Inguinal hernia which does not pass through the external ring -

12. 00 Double inguinal hernia, each of which passes through the external ring- 17. 00 Double inguinal hernia, one of which passes through the external ring and other does not.

15. 00 Double inguinal hernia, neither of which passes through the external ring ---

12. 00 Femoral hernia.

15.00 The majority of pensions which would be allowed under this act would be comparatively small.

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