I have not been able to get the house to agree. I have tried to get resolutions out of committee by saying, "Let us talk about this on the bill." Now that someone else proposes it I agree with the proposal, but I have never been able to get the house to agree with me. When we get to the bill we shall do on one section of the bill exactly what for the last three or four years we have done on the resolution; that is, the departments would have to be taken up one by one in order and fully discussed, which, I think, might have the effect of doing away with some duplication, if we can get the resolution reported.
That cannot be done because there must be elasticity in the expenditure .of these funds. In a war you cannot say how much you need for one purpose rather than another purpose. These are estimates at the present time. There must be transfers from one item to another, from one department to another, in a great many cases.
To get rid of some duplication. I suggest to the leader of the opposition that he think about the matter between now and Monday. It depends very much on what he says about it. I am just going along the way I did last year and the year before because the house would not vote the money, they would not pass the resolution giving us billions of dollars unless they had an account of our expenditures of the year before. They never would do it. If they will do this year I shall be very happy.