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APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1939

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.

HOUSE, OF REPRESENTATIVES

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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

EDWARD T. TAYLOR, Colorado, Chairman CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri

JOHN TABER, New York CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Virginia

ROBERT L. BACON, New York JOHN J. BOYLAN, New York

RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts LOUIS LUDLOW, Indiana

WILLIAM P. LAMBERTSON, Kansas THOMAS S. MCMILLAN, South Carolina D. LANE POWERS, New Jersey MALCOLM C. TARVER, Georgia

J. WILLIAM DITTER, Pennsylvania JED JOHNSON, Oklahoma

ALBERT E. CARTER, California J. BUELL SNYDER, Pennsylvania

ROBERT F. RICH, Pennsylvania WILLIAM B. UMSTEAD, North Carolina CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont WILLIAM R. THOM, Ohio

EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Illinois
JOHN F. DOCKWEILER, California

ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan
JAMES MCANDREWS, Illinois
EMMET O'NEAL, Kentucky
GEORGE W. JOHNSON, West Virginia
JAMES G. SCRUGHAM, Nevada
JAMES M. FITZPATRICK, New York
LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan
JOACHIM O. FERNANDEZ, Louisiana
MILLARD F. CALDWELL, Florida
DAVID D. TERRY, Arkansas
JOHN M. HOUSTON, Kansas
J. BURRWOOD DALY, Pennsylvania
JOE STARNES, Alabama
ROSS A. COLLINS, Mississippi
CHARLES H. LEAVY, Washington
WILLIAM D. MCFARLANE, Texas
JOSEPH E. CASEY, Massachusetts

MARCELLUS C. SHEILD, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE, JUSTICE, COMMERCE, AND LABOR DEPARTMENTS

APPROPRIATIONS Messrs. MCMILLAN (Chairman), TARVER, MCANDREWS, RABAUT, CALDWELL, BACON,

and CARTER

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE APPROPRIATION BILL, 1939

HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS,

THOMAS S. MCMILLAN (CHAIRMAN), MALCOLM C. TARVER,
JAMES MCANDREWS, LOUIS C. RABAUT, MILLARD F. CALDWELL,
ROBERT L. BACON, AND ALBERT E. CARTER, OF THE COMMITTEE
ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE
OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE, JUSTICE, COMMERCE, AND
LABOB APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1939, ON
THE DAYS FOLLOWING, NAMELY:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1937. a

STATEMENT OF HON. HOMER CUMMINGS, THE ATTORNEY

GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Mr.MCMILLAN. We will begin this morning the consideration of the estimates for the Department of Justice for the fiscal year 1939.

We have with us the Attorney General, and I am sure the committee is always delighted to have him here.

I assume, Mr. Attorney General, you have a statement to make to the committee regarding the financial set-up of your Department in a general way. Of course, we will get the details at a later time from the heads of the various divisions of the Department.

If you are prepared to give us a general statement at this time covering your activities, we shall be very glad to hear you.

Mr. CUMMINGS. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I hope I can make my statement this morning relatively brief.

INCREASE IN VOLUME OF WORK OF DEPARTMENT

In general, Mr. Chairman, the work of the Department has been progressing in a satisfactory fashion. The most significant thing about it, as indicated by the experience of the past year and previous years, has been the steady increase in the volume of business. That, of course, is inevitable, in view of the character of the Department and the fact, that in a way, it is the clearing house of practically all of the activities of the Government. In some aspects of its work almost every department of the Government contacts, the Department of Justice.

So, as the Government grows, the Department of Justice grows. As our activities widen as a nation, the Department of Justice has to take on new duties.

I think, in a general way, there has been a lag between the creation of new responsibilities and the funds with which to care for them.

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