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68TH C O N G R E S S ,
1ST SESSION.

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IN THE HOUSE OE REPRESENTATIVES.
DECEMBER 20, 1623.

Mr. STEAGALL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Com
mittee on Banking and Currency and ordered to be printed.

A BILL
To provide for a more equitable distribution of the earnings of
Federal reserve banks,
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Be it enacted by ike Senate and House of Representor

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lives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

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That that part of the first paragraph of section 7 of the

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Federal Reserve Act as amended which reads as follows

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"after the aforesaid dividend claims have been fully met,, the

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net earnings shall be paid to the United States as a franchise

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tax except that the whole of such net earnings; including

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those for the year ending December 31, 1918, shall be paid

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into a surplus fund until it shall amount to 100 per centum

10 of the subscribed capital stock of such bank, and that there11 after 10 per centum of such net earnings shall be paid into
12 the surplus" to be further amended to read as follows:
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"After the aforesaid dividend claims have been fully

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it shall amount to 100 per centum of the subscribed capital

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stock of such bank, and thereafter 10 per centum of such net

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earnings shall be paid into the surplus. The remaining net

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earnings shall be divided between the United States and the

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stockholders as follows: The Federal Eeserve Board shall

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determine as nearly as may be possible what proportion of

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such net earnings was derived from the issuance of Federal

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reserve notes and what proportion was derived from the re-

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discount, investment, and other banking activities of the

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Federal reserve bank.

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net earnings as are thus found to have been derived from

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the issuance of Federal reserve notes shall be paid over to

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the United States as a franchise tax, and the whole of the

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net earnings then remaining shall be distributed among the

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stockholders of such Federal reserve bank in proportion to

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the average amount of reserve balances required to be main-

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tained with such Federal reserve bank by the respective

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stockholders since the last dividend."




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