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APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1939
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
HOUSE, OF REPRESENTATIVES
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
ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan
MARCELLUS C. SHEILD, Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE, JUSTICE, COMMERCE, AND LABOR DEPARTMENTS
APPROPRIATIONS Messrs. MCMILLAN (Chairman), TARVER, MCANDREWS, RABAUT, CALDWELL, BACON,
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
FEB ? 1 1938
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE APPROPRIATION BILL, 1939
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS,
THOMAS S. MCMILLAN (CHAIRMAN), MALCOLM C. TARVER,
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.