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Resolved, That the chairman having introduced and the House having passed House Resolution No. 19, on January 15, 1959, for the accomplishment of this purpose; be it further
Resolved, That the chairman of the full committee is authorized to designate & special counsel to direct and coordinate professional activities of the special investigating subcommittee; and that the chairman is authorized to select such additional staff personnel as may be required by the special investigating subcommittee, the salaries of each to be determined by the chairman of the full committee; be it further
Resolved, That the authority of said subcommittee to conduct hearings and take testimony, authorized by House Resolution No. 19, may be delegated by the chairman of the subcommittee to one member of the majority and one member of the minority of said subcommittee who shall constitute a quorum of the subcommittee at all times;
be it further Resolved, That should the need therefor be required, alternate members may be chosen in the same manner as permanent members, for a limited time or for a specific subject; be it further
Resolved, That the chairman of the full committee, at such times and for such purposes as he may deem advisable in the interest of committee business, is authorized to appoint additional specific subcommittees for the purpose of investgating specific subjects and that such special subcommittees, when appointed by the chairman, shall have such rights, prerogatives, and authority as the chairman of the full committee shall deem advisable, including the authority set forth in House Resolution 19 authorizing the committee to investigate and the use of such funds as may be made available through House resolution in support of the committee's investigations.
The CHAIRMAN. Members of the committee, this is identically the same resolution that prevailed during the 85th Congress.
You probably know that the first business transacted during the 86th Congress on the floor of the House was the passage of the resolution conferring upon this Armed Services Committee the authority to conduct investigations. Therefore it follows that it is necessary that a resolution of this kind be agreed to by the committee.
Without objection, the resolution is agreed to. And in accordance with the authority vested in me, after consultation with Mr. Arends, we designate the following members to constitute what is known as the Hébert Investigating Committee.
Read the names, Mr. Smart.
Mr. Hébert, Chairman
Mr. Phillin. Mr. Chairman, I offer a resolution and ask that it may be read by the chief counsel,
The CHAIRMAN. Now wait 1 minute, before you read that.
Members of the committee, under the authority conferred upon me by the resolution just agreed to, I designate Mr. Courtney-Mr. Courtney, come around, please.
Mr. Courtney, I designate, as the general counsel. [Applause.)
The CHAIRMAN. Now, Mr. Courtney, introduce the staff to the committee.
Mr. COURTNEY. This is Mr. Lloyd Kuhn, who is a staff attorney. Miss Dorothy Britton and Miss Jane Wheelehan and Mrs. Adeline Tolerton, who I present to you. [Applause.)
The Chairman. Members of the committee, you have vested me with the authority to designate this staff and I do so. These are the people who served with us last year. Under the authority vested in me, their compensation is the same as they are receiving today. Thank you very much. Mr. VAN ZANDT. No increase in
рау. The CHAIRMAN. Now the next resolution is by Mr. Philbin.
Mr. Phillin. Mr. Chairman, I offer a resolution and ask that it be read by the chief counsel.
Mr. SMART. Committee Resolution No. 5:
Resolved, That the House Committee on Armed Services shall have a Subcommittee for Real Estate and Construction, the size and membership of which shall be determined by the chairman.
The CHAIRMAN. Without objection, the resolution is agreed to.
That is the resolution that handles the acquisition and disposal of realty.
As the committee will recall, under the law all disposals over $25,000 and all purchases involving over $25,000 are brought to the Armed Services Committee of the House and Senate and we have an opportunity to give the Department the benefit of our views.
might say that in examining the President's budget, he recommended that this law be changed. I regret to say that I do not find myself in accord with that recommendation of the budget. I think it is in the interest of economy. With deference to the Administration, the Armed Services Committee should know what is going on in reference to the sale and disposition of real estate.
So I thank the committee for the wise course in adopting the resolution.
I designate, after consultation with Mr. Arends, the following
Mr. Philbin, Chairman
Mrs. St. George The CHAIRMAN. Now, members of the committee, I desire to submit a resolution which I think is highly important. Mr. Smart, will you read the resolution?
Mr. SMART (reading]:
Be it resolved, That the Armed Services Committee, House of Representatives, does hereby express regret at the loss from its membership of Hon. Overton Brooks, à Representative in Congress from the State of Louisiana;
That the committee recognizes the valuable contributions to the national defense made by him during his long tenure in Congress;
That the committee in particular recognizes the untiring efforts he has put forth in order to build strong and effective Reserve components of the Armed Forces;
That the committee believes that both Regular and Reserve personnel of the Armed Forces are indebted to him for his endeavors to secure for them increased pay and allowances, better housing, equitable methods of promotion and retirement, and the present system of military justice;
That he is to be commended for his attention to duty and conspicuous ability in the field of military legislation, both as a member of the Military Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee;
That in the future the committee will sorely miss his great ability and wise counsel, but congratulates him on his selection as chairman of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics;
That the chairman of the Armed Services Committee be, and he hereby is authorized, to take appropriate steps to have this resolution made a part of the Congressional Record.
The Chairman. Members of the committee, all of you know that for 22 years the distinguished gentleman from Louisiana was a member of the Military Affairs Committee and of the Armed Services Committee.
He has rendered most outstanding service during the years he served on both committees. We will miss him from the Armed Services Committee. But he has assumed a great responsibility in becoming chairman of the House Science and Astronautics Committee. I deem it nothing but right and proper that we, from our hearts, express to him our appreciation of his outstanding service, as set forth in the resolution.
Without objection, the resolution is agreed to.
Now, members of the committee, that officially organizes the committee. We are ready for business, which will commence on the 26th day of January, next Monday.
Lying on each member's desk-now listen to this. This is important. Lying on each member's desk is a codification of the draft law and a down-to-earth explanation of each section.
Now we are going to have a hearing commencing Monday on this bill. So you can refresh your memory about what the law is. That is the reason I have had it prepared for you.
So study this law, that is, see what it does and know all about it when you come back here Monday morning, and we will open the hearings.
We can't do business unless there is a quorum. We have 37 members. How many members constitute a quorum?
Mr. SMART. Nineteen.
The CHAIRMAN. Nineteen. Now we must have at least 19 men here at 10 o'clock when the committee meets so we can do business, and that is public business you are taking up. So let's everyone try to arrange affairs so he can be here when the committee meets.
Thank you very much, members of the committee.
FULL COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2260, TO EXTEND UNTIL JULY 1, 1963, THE INDUCTION PROVISIONS OF THE UNIVERSAL MILITARY TRAINING AND SERVICE ACT; THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF AUGUST 3, 1950, SUSPENDING PERSONNEL STRENGTHS OF THE ARMED FORCES; AND THE DEPENDENTS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1950
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,
Washington, D.C., Monday, January 26, 1959. The committee met at 10 a.m., the Honorable Carl Vinson (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. Let the committee come to order. Now, members of the committee, the purpose of the hearing this morning is to consider H.R. 2260, the bill that is known as the Extension of the Universal Military Training Act. And that bill also deals with the extension of three other laws. The bill is as follows:
A BILL To extend until July 1, 1963, the induction provisions of the Universal Military
Training and Service Act; the provisions of the act of August 3, 1950, suspending personnel strengths of the Armed Forces; and the Dependents Assistance Act of 1950
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 17(c) of the Universal Military Training and Service Act, as amended (50 App. U.S.C. 467 (c)), is amended by striking out the words “July 1, 1959" and inserting the words “July 1, 1963" in place thereof.
Sec. 2. Section 1 of the Act of August 3, 1950, chapter 537, as amended (71 Stat. 208), is amended by striking out the words "July 1, 1959" and inserting the words “July 1, 1963” in place thereof.
Sec. 3. Section 16 of the Dependents Assistance Act of 1950, as amended (50 App. U.S.C. 2216), is amended by striking out the words "July 1, 1959" and inserting the words “July 1, 1963" in place thereof.
Sec. 4. Section 9 of the Act of June 27, 1957, Public Law 85-62 (71 Stat. 208), is repealed.
With your indulgence, I would like to make a statement with reference to the bill. And I have had a copy of this statement laid on each one of your desks, so you may follow what I have to say. It might be at least I hope it will be of some aid and benefit to you in considering the matter in hearing.
Members of the committee, we meet this morning to begin hearings on the most important bill that will be considered by our committee during this session.
This is the bill to extend the draft law. It is an administration bill and it is on the administration's must list.
As far as I am concerned, we have no choice in the matter but to extend the draft. It is the right and proper thing to do. I hope there will be no hesitancy on the part of any member of the committee to meet his responsibility in this
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