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liability of the heirs as transferees of Simon M. Myhre, deceased, existed with respect to the year 1921.

The sum of $1,080, which under the bill would be paid for the benefit of the heirs, would cover outlay for filing and attorney fees. It may seem that equitably the parties should be compensated for expense arising from the mistake on the part of the Government. However, it must be admitted that the parties covered by this bill are not the only ones incurring expense through governmental mistakes, a certain number of which are bound to occur. It is not the general policy to compensate persons suffering expense or inconvenience through such mistakes. Otherwise every person making a successful defense to a criminal proceeding would be entitled to reimbursement for expense so incurred. This bill selects a number of persons for special treatment by excepting them from the general policy. The whole body of persons subject to Federal law is thus discriminated against, and a precedent is established for the presentation of claims by other persons who feel that they have suffered through governmental error. I do not believe that the field of special legislation should be opened to grant to a few persons a benefit not generally accorded.

THE WHITE HOUSE, March 29, 1944.

H. R. 1273

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

SEVENTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; AT THE SECOND SESSION, BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY OF WASHINGTON ON MONDAY, THE TENTH DAY OF January, ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR

AN ACT For the relief of the heirs of Simon M. Myhre

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to pay, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to J. Kyle Anderson, Waupaca, Wisconsin, as attorney for and for the use of, the following-named persons, heirs of the late Simon M. Myhre, the sum of $1.080) Mahna Braastad, Ole G. Lindvik, Karoline M. Braastad, Halvor G. Lindvik Haakon Braastad, Anna L. Braastad, Else Braastad, Olava Mathilde G. Lindvis Anna Elisa G. Bue, and Ludvik K. Braastad, all of Norway, and Eliza Myhre Osborn Stamstad, Ole Myrhe, Emma Myhre, Mathilda Stamstad, Freemst Myhre, Helen Bergen, and Milo Myhre, all of Waupaca County, Wisconsin. Such sum represents the expenses incurred by the aforesaid persons in defending them selves against a deficiency assessment erroneously assessed against them by the collector of internal revenue by reason of the alleged failure of their ancestor, th said Simon M. Myhre, to file a Federal income-tax return for the year 1921. Suc return had in fact been filed and reposed in the office of the collector of internal revenue in Milwaukee: Provided, That no part of the amount appropriated in the Act in excess of 10 per centum thereof shall be paid or delivered to or received by any agent or attorney on account of services rendered in connection with the claim, and the same shall be unlawful, any contract to the contrary notwith standing. Any person violating the provisions of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not exceeding $1,000.

SAM RAYBURN,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
H. A. WALLACE,

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.

[Endorsement on back of bill:]

I certify that this Act originated in the House of Representatives.

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SOUTH TRIMBLE, Clerk.

PROPOSED PROVISION PERTAINING TO ESTIMATES FOR FEDERAL SECURITY AGENCY

COMMUNICATION

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

PROPOSED PROVISION PERTAINING TO ESTIMATES FOR THE FEDERAL SECURITY AGENCY IN THE FORM OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1945

MARCH 29, 1944.-Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and ordered to

be printed

THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, March 28, 1944.

The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith for the consideration of Congress a proposed provision pertaining to estimates for the Federal Security Agency in the form of an amendment to the Budget for fiscal year 1945.

The details of this provision, the necessity therefor, and the reasons for its transmission at this time are set forth in the letter of the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, transmitted herewith, in whose comments and observations thereon I concur.

Respectfully,

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

The PRESIDENT,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

The White House.

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, Washington, D. C., March 27, 1944

SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith for your consideration a draft of proposed provision pertaining to estimates for the Federal Security Agency in the form of an amendment to the Budget for fiscal year 1945, as follows:

On page 136 of the Budget, column 2, under the head "Pay of personnel and maintenance of hospitals, Public Health Service", at the end of the paragraph insert the following proviso: "Provided further, That this appropriation shail be available for the expenses incurred in furnishing medical and hospital treatment. including dental care, to active-duty personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps and the appropriation under this head for the fiscal year 1944 shall be considered as having been available for such expenses from January 1, 1944."

Under ordinary conditions, the Public Health Service reimburses the Navy for medical and hospital services furnished members of the Coast Guard at naval hospitals, and the Navy reimburses the Public Health Service for similar services rendered to members of the Navy and Marine Corps. Not only has the former type of reimbursemen: become unnecessary now that the Coast Guard is under the Navy Department, but the volume of paper work required in connection with these various reimbursements has become a considerable burden on both agencies during the war. The proposed provision is necessary to eliminate the necessity for payments to the Public Health Service for care of Navy and Marine Corps members.

The 1945 Budget contemplated payments to the Navy of over. $700,000 in excess of reimbursements received. Elimination of such payments would ordinarily result in a reduction in funds required. However, since the transmission of the 1945 Budget there have arisen various conditions which have required additional funds for the current fiscal year 1944 and which will continue in 1945. Elimination of reimbursements to and from the Navy will permit these increased needs to be met within the original estimate of $14,180,000.

The foregoing proposed provision is required to meet contingencies which have arisen since the transmission of the Budget for the fiscal year 1945, and approval is recommended.

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ESTIMATE OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE OFFICE OF WAR

INFORMATION

COMMUNICATION

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

ESTIMATE OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1945, AMOUNTING TO $64,390,000

March 29, 1944.-Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed

THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, March 28, 1944.

The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith for the consideration of Congress, an estimate of appropriation for the Office of War Information for the fiscal year 1945, amounting to $64,390,000.

The details of this estimate are set forth in the letter of the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, transmitted herewith, in whose comments and observations thereon I concur.

Respectfully,

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The PRESIDENT,

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

The White House.

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, Washington 25, D. C., March 27, 1944.

SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith for your consideration an estimate of appropriation for the Office of War Information amounting to $64,390,000 for the fiscal year 1945.

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The estimate of appropriation, the details of which are transmitted herewith, is to provide funds for the dissemination of information within the United States and in all foreign countries except Latin America. This estimate includes a contingency fund of $10,000,000 to meet demands which cannot be specifically anticipated but which may arise as a result of military operations during the year. This amount would not be available for expenditure unless the Director of the Office of War Information, with your approval, determines that such funds are necessary for carrying on activities in conjunction with actual or projected military operations.

I recommend approval of this estimate..
Very respectfully,

HAROLD D. SMITH, Director of the Bureau of the Budget.

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