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AUTHORIZATION IN FURTHERANCE OF INTER-AMERICAN HIGHWAY
[48 STAT. 996]
To Increase employment by authorizing an appropriation to provide for emergency con.
struction of public highways and related projects, and to amend the Federal Aid Road Act, approved July 11, 1916, as amended and supplemented, and for other purposes
SEC. 15. To provide for the continuation of the cooperative reconnaissance surveys for a proposed inter-American highway as provided in Public Resolution Numbered 104, approved March 4, 1929 (45 Stat. 1697), and for making location surveys, plans, and estimates for such highway, the Secretary of Agriculture is hereby authorized to expend not more than $75,000 to pay all costs hereafter incurred for such work from any moneys available from the administrative funds provided under the Act of July 11, 1916 (U. S. C., title 23, sec. 21), as amended, or as otherwise provided.
APPROPRIATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD AT MONTICELLO
AND IN FURTHERANCE OF INTER-AMERICAN HIGHWAY
[48 STAT. 1032, 1042]
Making appropriations to supply deficiencies in certain appropriations for the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1934, and prior fiscal years, to provide supplemental general and emergency appropriations for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1934, and June 30, 1935, and for other purposes
BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS
For the construction of roads within the grounds of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia, fiscal year 1935, $30,000.
Inter-American Highway: To meet such expenses as the President in his discretion may deem necessary to enable the United States to cooperate with the several Governments, members of the Pan American Union, in connection with the survey and construction of the proposed Inter-American Highway, $1,000,000, to remain available until expended. The expenditure of such sum shall be subject to the receipt of assurances satisfactory to the President from such governments of their cooperation in such survey and construction.
For the establishment of a commission for the construction of a Washington-Lincoln
Memorial Gettysburg Boulevard connecting the present Lincoln Memorial in the city of Washington with the battlefield of Gettysburg in the State of Pennsylvania
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby established a commission to be known as the United States Commission for the construction of a Washington-Lincoln Memorial Gettysburg Boulevard connecting the present Lincoln Memorial in the city of Washington with the battlefield of Gettysburg in the State of Pennsylvania (hereinafter referred to as the Commission), and to be composed of thirteen commissioners, as follows: The President of the United States; Presiding Officer of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, ex-officio; two persons to be appointed by the President of the United States; one Senator from the State of Maryland and one Senator from the State of Pennsylvania, to be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate; the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads, Department of Agriculture; the Director, National Park Service, Department of Interior; Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia ; and one Representative from the State of Maryland and one from the State of Pennsylvania, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The commissioners shall serve without compensation and shall select a chairman from among their number.
SEC. 2. That there is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $10,000, to be expended by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of this resolution.
SEC. 3. That it shall be the duty of the Commission to prepare a plan or plans in cooperation with the Bureau of Public Roads, Department of Agriculture; the Highway Departments of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia to further commemorate the public services of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln by the construction of a boulevard or highway connecting the present Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in the city of Washington with the Gettysburg battlefield in the State of Pennsylvania; and to give due and proper consideration to any plan or plans which may be submitted to it.
SEC. 4. That the Commission, after selecting a chairman and a vice chairman from among its members, may employ a secretary and such other assistants as may be needed for clerical work connected with the duties of the Commission and may also engage the services of expert advisers, and may fix their respective compensations within the amount appropriated for such purposes.
SEC. 5. That the commissioners shall be paid their actual and necessary traveling, hotel, and other expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties out of the amount appropriated.
SEC. 6. That the Commission shall on or before one year after the date of enactment of this resolution, make a report to the Congress, in order that enabling legislation may be enacted, provided such enabling legislation stipulates that the said highway or boulevard shall be constructed by the Highway Departments of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia, under the supervision of the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads, Department of Agriculture, from funds provided by the said State of Pennsylvania, the said State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, including any future allocation of Federal-aid highway funds or grants to the said States of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and to the District of Columbia. The passage of this Act does not commit the United States to build the said highway or boulevard at Federal expense, and if authorized the Federal funds for the construction of the said highway or boulevard will be the allocations that may accrue to the said States and the District of Columbia in future appropriations of Federal-aid highway and grant funds. Any appropriations under the authority of this Act shall be deducted from the next regular apportionment or allocation of Federalaid highway funds or Federal-grant highway funds, under existing or future authorizations as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture to Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
SEC. 7. That the term of Commission hereby created shall expire within one year after the completion of the proposed boulevard or highway.
SEC. 8. This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.
APPROPRIATION FOR PERMANENT ASSOCIATION OF
INTERNATIONAL ROAD CONGRESSES
[PUBLIC—No. 22—74TH CONGRESS]
[H. R. 5255]
Making appropriations for the Departments of State and Justice and for the Judiciary,
and for the Departments of Commerce and Labor, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1936, and for other purposes
Permanent Association of International Road Congresses, $588.
TO PROVIDE THAT TOLLS ON CERTAIN BRIDGES SHALL BE JUST
[PUBLIC—No. 296_74TH CONGRESS]
[H. R. 7659]
To provide that tolls on certain bridges over navigable waters of the United States shall
be just and reasonable, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter tolls for passage or transit over any bridge over any of the navigable waters of the United States, if such bridge is used for purposes of travel or transportation in interstate or foreign commerce, shall be just and reasonable; but the provisions of this Act shall liot apply to any bridge subject to the provisions of the Act entitled "An Act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters”, approved March 23, 1906, as amended, nor to any bridge built under the authority of the legislature of the State across rivers or other waterways the navigable portions of which lie wholly within the limits of a single State, nor to any bridge on which the tolls are prescribed by a contract entered into by or with any State or political subdivision thereof, or any municipality.
SEC. 2. The Secretary of War is authorized, either upon complaint or upon his own initiative, to conduct an inquiry at any time for the purpose of determining whether any toll charged for passage or transit over any bridge to which this Act applies is in violation of the provisions of section 1, and if he finds, after full opportunity for hearing, that such toll is in violation of such provisions he is authorized and empowered to determine and by order to prescribe what will be the just and reasonable toll to be thereafter charged, and after such order takes effect it shall be unlawful to collect a toll for such passage or transit in excess of that so prescribed. Any such order shall take effect upon the expiration of thirty days after its issuance.
SEC. 3. Any order issued under section 2 may be reviewed by the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, or the circuit court of appeals for any judicial circuit in which the bridge in question is wholly or partly located, if a petition for such review is filed within three months after the date such order was issued. The judgment of any such court shall be final, except that it shall be subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States upon certiorari, in the manner provided in section 240 of the Judicial Code, as amended. The review by such courts shall be limited to questions of law, and the findings of fact by the Secretary of War, if supported by substantial evidence, shall be conclusive. Upon such review, such courts shall have power to affirm or, if the order its not in accordance with law, to modify or to reverse the order, with or without remanding the case for a rehearing as justice may require.
SEC. 4. In the execution of his functions under this Act the Secretary of War, or any officer or employee designated by him, is authorized to hold hearings, examine witnesses, and receive evidence at any place designated by him, and to administer aths and affirmations, and require by subpena the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and documents from any place in the United States. In any case 1 disobedience to any such subpena the Secretary of War may invoke the aid of any court of the United States in requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and documents. No person shall be excused from attending and testifying or from producing books, papers, and documents in any inquiry under this Act, or in obedience to any such subpena, or in any cause or proceeding, criminal or otherwise, based upon or arising under this Act, on the ground or for the reason that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him may tend to criminate him or subject him to a penalty or forfeiture; but no individual shall be prosecuted or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he is compelled, after having claimed his privilege against self-incrimination, to testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, except that any individual so testifying shall not be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying. Any person who shall neglect or refuse to attend and testify, or to answer any lawful inquiry, or to produce books, papers, or documents, if in his power to do so, in obedience to a subpena or lawful requirement under this Act, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Sec. 5. In any case where there is in effect a toll prescribed by an order issued under section 2, for passage or transit over any bridge to which this Act applies, any person who demands or collects a toll for such passage or transit in excess of that so prescribed shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Approved, August 21, 1935.
CONTRACTS TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PERFORMANCE BOND FOR PROTECTION OF LABORERS AND PERSONS FURNISHING MATERIALS
[PUBLIC—No. 321–74TH CONGRESS]
[H. R. 8519]
Requiring contracts for the construction, alteration, and repair of any public building or public work of the United States to be accompanied by a performance bond protecting the United States and by an additional bond for the protection of persons furnishing material and labor for the construction, alteration, or repair of said public building or public work
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) before any contract; exceeding $2,000 in amount, for the construction, alteration, or repair of any public building or public work of the United States is awarded to any person, such person shall furnish to the United States the following bonds, which shall become binding upon the award of the contract to such person, who is hereinafter designated as "contractor":
(1) A performance bond with a surety or sureties satisfactory to the officer awarding such contract, and in such amount as he shall deem adequate, for the protection of the United States.
(2) A payment bond with a surety or sureties satisfactory to such officer for the protection of all persons supplying labor and material in the prosecution of the work provided for in said contract for the use of each such person. Whenever the total amount payable by the terms of the contract shall be not more than $1,000,000 the said payment bond shall be in a sum of one-half the total amount payable by the terms of the contract. Whenever the total amount payable by the terms of the contract shall be more than $1,000,000 and not more than $5,000,000, the said payment bond shall be in a sum of 40 per centum of the total amount payable by the terms of the contract. Whenever the total amount payable by the terms of the contract shall be more than $5,000,000 the said payment bond shall be in the sum of $2,500,000.
(6) The contracting officer in respect of any contract is authorized to waive the requirement of a performance bond and payment bond for so much of the work under such contract as is to be performed in a foreign country if he finds that it is impracticable for the contractor to furnish such bonds.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of any contracting officer to require a performance bond or other security in addition to those, or in cases other than the cases specified in subsection (a) of this section.
SEC. 2. (a) Every person who has furnished labor or material in the prosecution of the work provided for in such contract, in respect of which a payment bond is furnished under this Act and who has not been paid in full therefor before the expiration of a period of ninety days after the day on which the last of the labor was done or performed by him or material was furnished or supplied by him for which such claim is made, shall have the right to sue on such payment bond for the amount, or the balance thereof, unpaid at the time of institution of such suit and to prosecute said action to final execution and judgment for the sum or sums justly due him: Provided, however, That any person having direct contractual relationship with a subcontractor but no contractual relationship express or implied with the contractor furnishing said payment bond shall have a right of action upon the said payment bond upon giving written notice to said contractor within ninety days from the date on which such person did or performed the last of the labor or furnished or supplied the last of the material for which such claim is made, stating with substantial accuracy the amount claimed and the name of the party to whom the material was furnished or supplied or for whom the labor was done or performed. Such notice shall be served by mailing the same by registered mail, postage prepaid, in an envelop addressed to the contractor at any place he maintains an office or conducts his business, or his residence, or in any manner in which the United States marshal of the district in which the public improvement is situated is authorized by law to serve summons.
(6) Every suit instituted under this section shall be brought in the name of the United States for the use of the person suing, in the United States District Court for any district in which the contract was to be performed and executed and not elsewhere, irrespective of the amount in controversy in such suit, but no such suit shall be commenced after the expiration of one year after the date of final settlement of such contract. The United States shall not be liable for the payment of any costs or expenses of any such suit.
SEC. 3. The Comptroller General is authorized and directed to furnish, to any person making application therefor who submits an affidavit that he has supplied labor or materials for such work and payment therefor has not been made or that he is being sued on any such bond, a certified copy of such bond and the contract for which it was given, which copy shall be prima facie evidence of the contents, execution, and delivery of the original, and, in case final settlement of such contract has been made, a certified statement of the date of such settlement, which shall be conclusive as to such date upon the parties. Applicants shall pay for such certified copies and certified statements such fees as the Comptroller General fixes to cover the cost of preparation thereof.
SEC. 4. The term “person” and the masculine pronoun as used throughout this Act shall include all persons whether individuals, associations, copartnerships, or corporations.
SEC. 5. This act shall take effect upon the expiration of sixty days after the date of its enactment, but shall not apply to any contract awarded pursuant to any invitation for bids issued on or before the date it takes effect, or to any persons or bonds in respect of any such contract. The Act entitled “An Act for the protection of persons furnishing materials and labor for the con