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The committee feels that the United States Government, having created the Philippine government, and authorized it to enact laws within certain prescribed limitations, should be the first one to observe these laws. Hence, in this particular instance, the United States Government ought not to claim an exception but should voluntarily submit itself to the same regulations and charges that are prescribed for commercial concerns enjoying the same services in the Philippine harbor. The passage of the bill, the committee believes, would create a favorable impression in the Philippine Islands.
The proposed amendment has the approval of both the War and Navy Departments.
Mr. McNARY, from the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, sub
mitted the following
[To accompany S. 4586)
The Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4586) to authorize additional appropriations for the national arboretum, having considered the same, report thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass.
In the following letter from the Secretary of Agriculture, he urges immediate action on the legislation because the steady advance of land values makes it imperative to secure the property at the earliest possible date.
JUNE 20, 1930. Hon. CHARLES L. McNARY, Chairman Committee on Agriculture and Forestry,
United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR: Replying to your letter of May 28, asking my opinion of Senate bill 4586, which authorizes additional appropriations for the national arboretum, I recommend favorable action on the bill for the following reasons:
In 1926 when the national arboretum bills were under consideration by the Congress, it was estimated that the land to be purchased would cost $500,000, and that'amount was named in the Pepper bill (S. 1640, 69th Cong.), as reported from the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. This was subsequently reduced to $300,000, the amount authorized and appropriated by the Congress, in order to conform to the financial program at that time.
When the arboretum purchase money became available, in December, 1927, it was found by the Secretary of Agriculture that $300,000 was not sufficient to buy the whole of the area required. The beginning of purchases was delayed for several months while an attempt was made to obtain supplementary gifts of land sufficient to make up the necessary acreage, but the effort failed. Finally, after conference with President Coolidge, Secretary Jardine gave instructions to proceed with the purchase of such land as could be acquired with the $300,000 available, and to leave to future authorization the purchase of the necessary remainder.
With the $300,000 already authorized & d appropriated 190 acres of land have been purchased for the arboretum and 78 acres more are now in process of condemnation, a total of 268 acres.
The $200,000 authorized in the present bill (S. 4586) would make possible the purchase of the remaining parcels of privately owned land from M Street and Mount Olivet Road on the south to R Street on the north, and eastward to the Anacostia marshes, totaling 126 acres. The eastern border of the area would extend from M Street northward to the Pennsylvania Railroad. The land available for arboretum purposes would then lie in a fairly symmetrical compact body, much more useful and convenient, and more economical of operation than the unconsolidated parcels thus far acquired. Because of the steady advance of land values in that section and the probability that such advance will continue as additional streets are opened, purchase of this land at an early date is important from the standpoint of economy as well as to make possible the orderly and effective development of the arboretum project. Sincerely yours,
ARTHUR M. HYDE, Secretary. O
REPORT No. 1101
AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO ALLOW CERTAIN EXPENDITURES IN THE WAR DEPARTMENT
JUNE 26, 1930.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. REED, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the
(To accompany S. 2980)
The Committee on Military Affairs, to which was referred the bill (S. 2980) to authorize and direct the Comptroller General to allow certain expenditures in the War Department, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that it
This bill is suggested by the Secretary of War and there is made a a part of this report his letter to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, December 18, 1929, proposing the bill and explaining its purpose, which reads as follows:
Washington, December 18, 1929. The CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS,
United States Senate. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: There is inclosed a draft of a bill to authorize and direct the Comptroller General to allow certain expenditures, which the War Department presents for the consideration of the Congress with a view to its enactment into law.
There is no permanent statute upon this subject. For many years the matter has been covered in the annual appropriation acts. In the last appropriation act the pertinent language appeared as follows: “For transportation of the Army and its supplies
of authorized baggage * and including packing and crating,
*." Since the law does not define what constitutes authorized baggage and the question had arisen, the Secretary of War, on September 20, 1927, caused to be published in Army Regulations, No. 30–960, a definition as follows:
“Authorized baggage consists of household goods and other personal property including automobiles and personal effects except checkable personal baggage carried free on tickets, professional books and papers, and groceries and provisions."
Prior to publication, this regulation was submitted to the Judge Advocate General of the Army, the official legal adviser of the Secretary of War, to determine its legal validity, and was held to be in conformity with existing law.