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THE WORKS

OF

JAMES A. GARFIELD.

PUBLIC EXPENDITURES:

THEIR INCREASE AND DIMINUTION.

SPEECH DELIVERED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

JANUARY 23, 1872.

MR.

R. CHAIRMAN, — In opening the discussion of this bill,

I realize the difficulties which at all times attend the work of making appropriations for carrying on the government. But there are more than ordinary difficulties attending the work of a chairman who succeeds to a position which has been so adorned as has the chairmanship of the Committee on Appropriations during the last two years. The most that I can now venture is to express the hope that, by the generous aid of my colleagues on the committee, and the support of the House, I may be able to follow, at a humble distance, in the path my predecessor has travelled.

I would not occupy any time this morning in the preliminary discussion of this bill, but for the fact that this general appropriation bill, more than any other of the twelve which will come before the House, embraces in its scope nearly the whole civil establishment of the government. The approval of this bill is, in a certain sense, the approval of the whole system to which

1 The reference is to Mr. Dawes, of Massachusetts, who preceded Mr. Garfield as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations. The speech was made in Committee of the Whole.

VOL. II.

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