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DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR APPROPRIATION BILL.
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Washington, D. C., Wednesday, January 19, 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.
STATEMENT OF HON. ROBERT LANSING, SECRETARY OF STATE.
Secretary LANSING. Mr. Chairman, the estimate for this year for our 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 undertakir
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
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DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR APPROPRIATION BILL
TIIE BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DIPLOMATIC
ENDING JUNE 30, 1921
JANUARY 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 1920
Hon. ROBERT LANSING, Secretary of State
Dr. L. S. Rowe, Department of State
Mr. TRACY LAY, American Consul
Commission, United States and Canada
States and Mexico.
Dup: 7929 Dc of 0.