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and 1,330 bridges over 20-foot span having a combined total length of 45 miles.
Thus it is apparent that the Federal-aid highway program can be effectively accelerated on relatively short notice and can actively participate and assist in accomplishing the objectives of the proposed legislation. We have demonstrated adequately by previous experience that a program to accelerate highway construction in order to reduce unemployment and combat recession is a feasible one. Highway construction projects of a relatively simple nature are particularly adapted to this type of program.
If additional funds could be made available under the provisions of this proposed legislation for the Federal share of Federal-aid highways, some States could proceed at a much faster rate than they are able to under present fund limitations. In addition, there are certain States which are finding it difficult to meet their matching share of Federal-aid highway funds. The provisions of the legislation, which would permit loans to these States, would be helpful in accelerating their programs.
It will be of interest to the committee to know that our recently established Office of Planning, responsible for public roads policies and programs relating to systematic current and long-range planning and long-range programing in highway development, will be available for assistance in connection with the highway portion of the capital improvements program now under construction.
The highway program is an extremely worthwhile program of capital investment projects, but through my long experience in the highway field, I am compelled to sound a note of caution on any proposal which could have the effect of turning the program on and off. While highway construction normally does involve substantial "lead” and "lag” times, the Bureau was able to work effectively with the time intervals established under the 1958 provisions I have mentioned. Maintenance projects, not eligible for Federal-aid participation under existing law, would be appropriate projects for a very short-range type of program.
And may I add at this point that when I say “maintenance projects," I am not particularly saying that those would be force account projects. Those projects could be let to contract as well.
The Federal-aid highway program contributes in a very substantial measure to the economic improvement of redevelopment areas in furtherance of the objectives of the Area Redevelopment Administration. Our records show a total of almost 2,000 separate projects let to contract for construction in redevelopment areas since January 1, 1961, at a total cost of nearly $1 billion. These projects provided for construction of over 7,000 miles of new Federal-aid highway improvements.
In addition to the Federal-aid highway program, the bills would also apply to the direct Federal highway program, including forest highways, forest development roads and trails, parkways, and park roads, as well as Indian reservation roads and public lands highways. In these programs, too, acceleration could be accomplished efficiently.
In conclusion, the Bureau of Public Roads of the Department of Commerce favors the enactment of legislation such as H.R. 10317 and H.R. 10318, and would pledge its complete cooperation in achieving the important objectives of the proposed accelerated public works programs.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. McVEY. Mr. Whitton, recently the Midwest Governors held a conference here in Washington, D.C., which was called at the instance of your Governor from Missouri.
The purpose of that conference was to try to get more Government contracts and facilities located in the Midwest States which are presently going to other certain States in the country, apparently, on the basis of patronage.
Now, did you really believe, Mr. Whitton, that if we would enact this program that is before us today that it would operate in any different manner than the present programs which are operating under the patronage system?
Mr. Whitrox. The present Federal-aid program?
Mr. Whitton. I will have to answer toward the present Federalaid program for highways, and I say yes, it would operate differently,
You see, the present Federal-aid program for highways is contined to designated highways on the Federal-aid system, while the program proposed here would make it possible to improve roads, like Congressman Perkins was speaking of, that are not on the present Federal-aid system.
It would also allow, in my judgment, the States to do some needed work even on the Federal-aid system that is not now eligible for Federal aid, and I have in mind such work as resurfacing or surfacing gravel highways; such work as widening shoulders; such work as drainage improvement, betterment, and such work as bridge widening, which the States would like to do now and which needs to be done now, but it is taking, in most States, all their money to match available Federal aid on the normal improvement program.
Mr. McVey. Well, I would like to, perhaps, direct this question to Mr. Gudeman, and that is why some States are overlooked in awarding these Government contracts.
It would seem to be let out on the basis of patronage, would it not?
Mr. GUDEMAN. Well, I am not sure I know exactly what contracts you are talking about. In our own Department we are concerned primarily with area redevelopment and with public roads under Mr. Whitton.
I think Mr. Whitten has answered the public roads part. We are not concerned with any other contracts given, defense contracts or others and, therefore, I am not able to answer your question.
Mr. BaldwIN. Mr. Chairman?
Mr. BALDWIN. Mr. Gudeman, the Maritime Administration is one of the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce, is it not?
Mr. GUDEMAN. That is correct.
Mr. Baldwin. Every maritime shipbuilding union on the Pacific coast, I think, has been in contact with me to say that instead of the Maritime Administration carrying out their obligations on an expeditious basis for letting of contracts for the building of merchant marine vessels, that there actually has been a deliberate slowdown within the Maritime Administration, and that many of the contracts that could have been let for new ship construction during this present fiscal year are being pushed into the fiscal year 1963, not to be let or actually gotten under construction until after July 1.
Now, † do not think the shipbuilding unions are just making misstatements of fact.
They point out that the Maritime Administration has authority to let these contracts. They have got funds to do it and they have not done it.
Now, if your statement indicates that the Department of Commerce is so anxious to expedite construction and provide jobs, why has not the Department of Commerce broken this roadblock in the Maritime Commission?
Mr. GUDEMAN. Well, the shipbuilding program has been carried on within the funds available as logically as we could approve the ships, and at the same time try to stay within a reasonable expenditure of subsidy money.
Mr. Baldwin. When you say "a reasonable expenditure," that is in direct contradiction with your statement.
Your statement says you need additional funds to speed up expenditures to provide jobs, but you have got funds that you are not expending.
Mr. GUDEMAN. Well, we think that we have put forth new ships to the degree that they should be, sir, in the Maritime Administration,
It is true that not all of the expenditure was utilized at the particular time. We have tried to, as I have said in my statement, spread some of this work so as not to have ups and downs in the curve,
but to give more even production to ships.
And I might add that we are trying our best to work that out over a long period of time.
Mr. Baldwin. But your statement here says that you need $600 million immediately to provide additional employment, and you have got funds available to the Maritime
Mr. GUDEMAN. But that $600 million is not all for ships, sir.
Mr. BALDWIN. I know that, but my point is that the administration says it needs $600 million to be appropriated by Congress to provide additional jobs and it has got funds in the shipbuilding program that it is not using, and that it is deliberately deferring.
Mr. GUDEMAN. Well, you are talking about certain areas, in the first place.
The $600 million would be used throughout the United States in those areas that required it because of unemployment or underemployment. Part of that is in shipyard areas, there is no question about that.
I must answer you, however, by saying that we have gone forward with the shipbuilding program in what we think is a very sensible way, and, while we have not utilized every bit of money available during the past year, I think you will find that that is not the case during the coming year, and that we are trying to spread the work in the shipyards as best as can be done.
Mr. BALDWIN. Can you tell me how much of the funds, that would be available to you if you wanted to use them, have not up to today been committed for shipbuilding
Mr. GUDEMAN. I have not got that figure in mind. We will get it for you, though.
Mr. BALDWIN. Can you submit it for the record ?
Mr. GUDEMAN. Yes, I will be glad to do so.
(The material was furnished for insertion.) Funds available under ship construction appropriation during fiscal year 1962
1. Unobligated balance carried over from fiscal year 1961.. 2. Appropriation fiscal year 1962---
$54, 881, 741 98, 000, 000
Total available fiscal year 1962_-
152, 881, 741 -43, 106, 414 -45, 896, 586
Unobligated balance June 30, 1962, estimated.--
63, 878, 741 Of the balance being carried over into fiscal year 1963, $56,250,000 is for construction-differential subsidy for nine new ships and acquisition by the Gov. ernment of the ships being replaced. These nine ships (four for Grace Line and five for United States Lines) were originally scheduled for contract award on June 1, 1962. Both lines submitted new designs for the type of ships to be built. The normal time required for the administrative processing of these proposals and the technical review of the new designs have delayed the award of these contracts beyond June 30, 1962.
The balance of the unobligated funds, $7,628,000, being carried forward into fiscal year 1963 is being held in reserve to cover adjustment of prior years' contracts.
Mr. CRAMER. Mr. Chairman?
Mr. Cramer. I think this line of questioning by the gentleman from California, this is an interesting ball game. You have three batters and one pitcher, but I will do my best to ask questions of all three.
Mr. Baldwin's questioning was with regard to unobligated funds.
Now, how much in area redevelopment, Mr. Batt, does there remain unobligated ?
Mr. Batt. By the end of the fiscal year we will have
Mr. BATT. Well, the projects that are in the works will be committed by the end of the fiscal year but, as nearly as we can estimate, we will have committeed $72 million of the $72 million that was appropriated under section 6 of the business loans part of the program.
We will have committed all of the training money. We will have committed all of the technical assistance money under section 11.
And we will have committed about $10 million out of the $90 million made available by the Congress under sections 7 and 8 of the public facilities part of the program.
Mr. CRAMER. For grants and loans and
Mr. Bart. For grants and loans for public facilities connected with new industrial plants.
Mr. CRAMER. You have $50 million unobligated that could, if the President gave an order to accelerate public works within your existing authorized authority-you would have $50 million available to put in public works programs relating to redevelopment if the President should see fit to give an acceleration order.
Is that not correct?
Mr. Bart. Well, sir, under the authority that we have under section 8 of the act, as Congressman Blatnik tried to point out we are limited both by the amount of funds and more particularly by the limitation put in by Congress.
These are not public works as contemplated in the proposed act be
fore you. These are public facilities which will relate to, and I quote the act: the location, the establishment or expansion of industrial or commercial plants or facilities which will provide more than a temporary alleviation of unemployment in such areas.
So the kind of thing that we are talking about, Congressman, and the kind of loans and agents that we have ade so far have been ns and grants to such as that to Cambridge, Md., for a sewage system out to an industrial park which will provide or permit a branch plant of a midwestern company to locate there, and a company already in the community to expand, and create 875 new pobs.
There is one in Mountain City, Tenn., a combination grant and loan of $160,000, to permit the Leco Manufacturing Co. to locate there.
Is that in your jurisdiction, Mrs. Reece?
We have to see the particular permanent jobs that this loan or grant is going to provide.
Mr. CRAMER. What you are saying then is that this bill has no application to area redevelopment authority presently existing under existing legislation?
Mr. Batt. Well, but, you see, the act also says that we should do everything we can through every existing agency of the Government to help these areas get rehabilitated.
What we found is an enormous number of demands for things which do not strictly come under our program, but which are most useful and need to be done. And I have
Mr. C'RAMER. What you want to be done are local public works in new programs that never have been, and are not now, financed by direct grants by the Federal Government.
Is that what you are talking about?
Mr. BATT. They are all across the board--some of them are hospitals, some of them are sewage disposal plants.
Some of them are roads, and these have been authorized but there are projects that are now several years down the road that could be accelerated under these bills
Mr. CRAMER. Have you requested, under present authority, that the President consider, in these areas of redevelopment where the admitted unemployment problems or other problems exist, that such public works programs, which are already authorized by Congress and where there are unobligated funds, be accelerated in these areas?
Mr. Batt. Within the limitations in present authority, every one of the Federal agencies have assured us and have assured the Presi. dent that they are doing everything they can.
The distinction was made very well, sir, in the President's letter, which was put into the record by the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and I think it may well be worthwhile reiterating here.
And this is what he said: The area redevelopment program, however, is a continuing effort to help comJounities to attract new and permanent jobs to solve their long-range economic problem; it is not primarily designed to provide immediate relief of distress caused by unemployment, or to assist in the general rehabilitation and improvement of public facilities.
I believe that a further Federal effort is necessary, both to provide immediate useful work for the unemployed and the underemployed. and to help these and