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The President's News Conference

September 27, 1929

THE PRESIDENT. I haven't any very alarming questions today. I have one as to the tax reduction, on which I have said before I could not make answer until we knew more about the budget situation.

BUDGET ALLOCATIONS FOR INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS

I think it may interest you to have the final budget allocations for the independent establishments. That is as far as the budget has progressed for 1931. I am having the table mimeographed, so you will have it immediately after the conference.

The independent establishments embrace both the Farm Board and the Budget Bureau. The total amount available for the current fiscal year for all of the establishments is $808,689,000 as you will see by this statement, and in that is $151,500,000 for the Farm Board. The budget allocations for the next fiscal year, that is 1931, are $656,571,000, but there is no provision for the Farm Board there, as the Farm Board has not yet been able to make an estimate. So the comparisons are a little confused. The actual expenditures for the last fiscal year on the independent establishments were $663,300,000. During the current year it would be about $650 million if the Farm Board item were taken out, and the estimate for the next year is $656 million, as I have stated, which shows about a $6 million increase which lies almost entirely in the Veterans Bureau. But you will have the table in a minute.

Q. Mr. President, is the District of Columbia included in that ?

THE PRESIDENT. I don't think so. No, the District budget is not in it. This is the independent establishments.

PUBLIC LAND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS

I have one or two other very minor questions. The Public Land Commission is not yet appointed. We have the suggestions in from the Governors and Senators, and that is being gone into.

SAN FRANCISCO BRIDGE COMMISSION

On the question of the Bridge Commission in San Francisco, that Commission is to meet on the 6th of October in San Francisco.

ENTERTAINMENT OF PRIME MINISTER MACDONALD

I have another question as to what entertainment is to be given to Mr. MacDonald at the White House. From the purely personal [p.306] point of view, there will be a dinner to ladies and gentlemen to the utmost capacity of the White House, on Monday night--probably 90 people.

That is all I have.

NEWS CONFERENCE SESSIONS

I wonder sometimes whether when we have a thin day it is worth your while to come--whether we could not hand your questions over to Mr. Akerson, or whether you prefer to come. If you would rather have the open session I am entirely agreeable, but I always feel that I am not assisting you as much as I should like when we have a thin day like this.

Q. I think, Mr. President, we prefer the open session.

Note: President Hoover's fifty-third news conference was held in the White House at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 1929.

On the same day, the White House issued a comparative statement of appropriations for the Executive Office and independent establishments, as follows:

COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1930 AND ESTIMATES FOR 1931 FOR THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS

Total available Estimates for

for 1930 1931 recommended

by the Budget

Executive Office $611,944 $402,320

Alaska relief funds 15,000 15,000

American Battle Monuments Commission. 2,267,973 1,000,000

Arlington Memorial Bridge Commission 3,287,500 1,000,000

Board of Mediation 348,270 328,380

Board of Tax Appeals 725,863 690,000

Bureau of Efficiency 224,330 224,330

Civil Service Commission 1,398,712 1,362,952

Commission of Fine Arts 9,080 9,080

Employees' Compensation Commission 4,077,326 4,210,000

Federal Board for Vocational Education 8,799,520 8,420,400

Federal Farm Board 151,500,000

Federal Oil Conservation Board 19,000 22,220

COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1930 AND ESTIMATES FOR 1931 FOR THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENTS-Continued

Total available Estimates for

for 1930 1931 recommended

by the budget

Federal Power Commission $179,500 $187,250

Federal Radio Commission 164,440 168,610

Federal Reserve Board 2,605,741 2,560,336

Federal Trade Commission 1,242,686 1,437,460

General Accounting Office 4,145,900 4,181,000

George Rogers Clark Sesquicentennial Commission 200,000

Housing Corporation 397,950 298,950

Interstate Commerce Commission 8,213,825 9,329,963

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission 100,000 60,000

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics 1,508,000 1,321,000

Porto Rican Hurricane Relief Commission 2,000,000 1,000,000

Protecting Interests of the United States in Oil Leases 220,991

Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital 2,975,799 3,591,640

Public Buildings Commission 57,000 100,000

Smithsonian Institution 1,107,573 1,189,683

United States Tariff Commission 825,000 825,000

United States Geographic Board 9,200 14,660

United States Shipping Board and Merchant

Fleet Corporation 11,494,000 6,396,000

United States Veterans' Bureau 597,957,000 606,225,000

Total, Executive Office and independent establishments 808,689,123 656,571,234

Herbert Hoover, The President's News Conference Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/207073

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