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1956 Washington Report 1 (1956)

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09                           Washington 5, D. C.          February 8, 1956
TREASURY-POST OFFICE BILL, FIRST OF ANNUAL MONEY PASURES, PASSED
BY HOUSE ,11TH REDUCTIO'S PPOOSED IY IA  !O1Rj.ATlO;jS COC 1ITTEE
Reductions from budget estimates of less than I percent were made by the
House in passing the Treasury and Post Of'fice Departments Appropriation Bill
for the fiscal year 1957 (H.R. 9064) on February 7. It was the first of the
annual money measures to be acted upon. The reductions from budget estimates
accorded with recommendations of the House Appropriations Committee. Passage
was by a voice vote, No amendr.ents were offered,
The total in the bill is $' ,618.7 million, including $643.4
TOTALS       million for the Treasury Department, $2,973.9 million for the
IN BILL     Post Office Department, and Ql. million for the Tax Court of
the United States. The total is $,31.2 million below budget est-
imates, reductions of $5.1 million being made in funds for the Treasury Depart-
ment, and $26.1 million in authority of the Post Office Department to incur
obligations.
Appropriations for the Post Office Department are from postal receipts
except for a deficit, estimated in the budget at .i3h70 million. This deficit
would be reduced to 3L43.9 million under the bill, assuming Congress will re-
fuse to increase postal rates and postal revenue forecasts are correct. The
deficit for fiscal 1955 was $362.7 million and the estimate for fiscal 1956 is
$I'o.6 million.
Other funds under the Treasury Department, but on which no action is nec-
essary by Congress, include authority for fiscal 1957 expenditures from perma-
nent appropriations amounting to $7,809.8 million, mainly for interest on the
public debt, and from trust funds outside the budget amounting to $8,951.i
million, largest items in which are for the Old-Age and Survivors' Insurance
and Unemployment Trust Funds.
Appropriations for fiscal 1957 are $286.2 million in ex-
INCREASES      cess of those thus far made for the current fiscal 1956, those
OVER 1956     for the Post Office Department being  22.2 million larger;
for the Treasury Department, $33.8 million larger; and for
the Tax Court, P19%,OO0 larger. However, there are pending supplemental appro-
priations for fiscal 1956 amounting to $175.3 million, nearly all of which is
for pay increases approved by Congress in the last session, for which no funds
were provided. If these supplemental items are added to present fiscal 1956
appropriations, the total in the fiscal 1957 bill is $110.9 million above
amounts budgeted for the current year's program. This net increase includes
$101.9 million for the Post Office Department, $8.8 million for the Treasury
Department, and $123,000 for the Tax Court.

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