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Hon. ROBERT LANSING, Secretary of State
Dr. L. S. Rowe, Department of State
LUCIUS D. HILL, Commissioner for the United States of the
States and Mexico.
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
STEPHEN G. PORTER, Pennsylvania, Chairman. JOHN JACOB ROGERS, Massachusetts.
HENRY D. FLOOD, Virginia. HENRY W. TEMPLE, Pennsylvania.
J. CHARLES LINTHICUM, Maryland. AMBROSE KENNEDY, Rhode Island.
WILLIAM S. GOODWIN, Arkansas. EDWARD E. BROWNE, Wisconsin.
CHARLES M. STEDMAN, North Carolina. MERRILL MOORES, Indiana.
ADOLPH J. SABATH, Illinois. WILLIAM E. MASON, Illinois.
GEORGE HUDDLESTON, Alabama. WALTER H. NEWTON, Minnesota.
TOM CONNALLY, Texas.
THOMAS F. SMITH, New York.
EDMUND F. ERK, Clerk.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
DEC 11 1936
DIVISION OF DOCUMENTS
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Washington, D. C., Wednesday, January 7, 1920. The committee met at 10.40 o'clock a. m., Hon. Stephen G. Porter (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Lansing, the committee is taking up the appropriation bill this morning and we will be glad to hear any suggestion you have to make.
TATEMENT OF HON. ROBERT LANSING, SECRETARY OF STATE.
Secretary LANSING. Mr. Chairman, the estimate for this year for ur foreign intercourse, that is, from 1920 to 1921, shows a net increase of $1,481,439.34.' Now, of that amount almost $1,000,000 is made up of expenses of international undertakings to which the United States is legally obligated by treaty, or else it is obligated by the spirit of friendship and comity. The items to which I refer in that particular are a building in which to house the International Trade-Marks Bureau at Habana, of which the share of the United States is $825,000; then there are other international undertakings of $112,950. That leaves an increase in regard to the force, the diplomatic and consular force, of $543,479.24. This increase may be lumped into three items: Increase in salaries of ambassadors and ministers, $174,333; increase in the salaries of secretaries in the diplomatic service, $179,041.67; increase in appropriation for post allowances, $200,000. Now, in regard to these items which I have referred to, I wish to confine my remarks to the last three. The others will be explained to you by Dr. Rowe and Mr. Carr, who have had to do with the international undertakings.
The CHAIRMAN. That is, you will confine yourself to the increase in salaries of ambassadors and ministers and secretaries and post allowances ?
Secretary LANSING. Yes, sir; in round numbers, $550,000.
The CHAIRMAN. I thought you said $200. I wondered about it at the time.
Secretary LANSING. General increases in salaries have not been included in the estimates because that is contrary to the policy which has been adopted by the Executive; that is, not to include any increases of salary. The increases in salaries of heads of missions and of secretaries have been included because they were embraced in the estimates of last year. We have simply adopted the estimates of last year in that particular. They are not, therefore, new items. The