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to raise the forest highway fund from $7,500,000 to $12,500,000 for each of the three succeeding fiscal years.

Recently there has arisen an increasing demand for more trunk roads or express motor ways, so as to relieve congested traffic conditions and expedite travel. This is not a matter of pleasure but of business. The demand comes on account of the increased importance of a network of good roads for industry, for the farm, for the transportation of freight, including foodstuffs, and for travel on the part of the general public.

With this problem may be linked the solution of the unemployment situation. The proposal of a great network of express motor ways connecting the East, West, North, and South offers a program of improvement which is especially susceptible of expansion and contraction to meet fluctuations in employment. Such a program means that the Nation will seek labor and not labor seek employment.

The commission authorized by the pending resolution should go a long ways in solving these difficulties and in helping to straighten out the national traffic tangle. Its members would consist of representatives of the public and of all interested Government departments, including the House and Senate. They would make a thorough and impartial inquiry into traffic needs, having the immediate future in mind, and would suggest methods of working out the important problems involved.

In some quarters it is contended that the Federal Government should not assume all of the responsibility for establishing express motorways, nor should it be expected to expend vast sums of money on such projects. It is generally admitted, however, that the matter should not be left entirely in private hands nor should the individual States be left to cope with the situation without further interest on the part of the United States. The commission would consider these various points of view, as well as particular plans for building such roads and for their financing. It would take cognizance of the recent movement to establish toll roads between leading industrial centers and would determine whether some better method might properly be recommended to Congress. Such research might save years of haphazard independent investigation, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the taxpayers of the Nation. It would enable Congress to determine the feasibility of publicly owned express highways or whether encouragement should be given to efforts to obtain private concessions of this nature.

Beyond question roadways on which faster and more direct travel will be permitted are rapidly becoming a national necessity. The Federal Government must recognize this situation and decide whether to take the lead in this important work.

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SENATE

71st CONGRESS

2d Session

REPORT No. 517

DAM AND DIKE TO PREVENT FLOW OF TIDAL WATERS

INTO STOCK SLOUGH, COOS BAY, OREG.

APRIL 21 (calendar day, APRIL 24), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. McNaRy, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 2896)

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2896) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Oregon and the Stock Slough Drainage District to construct, maintain, and operate a dam and dike to prevent the flow of tidal waters into Stock Slough, Coos Bay, Coos County, Oreg., have considered the same and report thereon with an amendment, and, as so amended, recommend that the bill do pass.

The bill thus amended has the approval of the Department of War, as will appear by the annexed communication; the amendment referred to therein having been incorporated in the bill as reported.

Page 1, line 3, strike out the words “Coos County", and insert in lieu thereof the words "the State of Oregon".

The communication from the War Department is made a part of this report and is as folllows:

[Second indorsement]

WAR DEPARTMENT, February 4, 1930. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill (S. 2896, 7lst Cong., 2d sess.) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Oregon and the Stock Slough Drainage District to construct a dam and dike to prevent the flow of tidal waters into Stock Slough, Coos Bay, Coos County, Oreg., if amended as indicated in red thereon.

PATRICK

Secretary of War. O

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SENATE

715T CONGRESS

2d Session

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REPORT No. 518

PREVENTION OF FLOW OF TIDAL WATERS INTO BEAVER

SLOUGH, COQUILLE RIVER, OREG.

APRIL 21 (calendar day, APRIL 24) 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. McNARY, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 2897)

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2897) granting the consent of Congress to the State of Oregon and the Beaver Slough drainage district to construct, maintain, and operate a dam and dike to prevent the flow of tidal waters into Beaver Slough drainage district, Coquille River, Coos County, Oreg., have considered the same and report thereon with an amendment, and, as so amended, recommend that the bill do pass.

Amend the bill as follows: Page 1, line 3, after the word "to" strike out the words "Beaver Slough drainage district and” and insert in lieu thereof the following language: "the State of Oregon, acting through its highway department; to"

Line 4, after the word "the" strike out the word “Coeledo" and insert in lieu thereof the word "Coaledo".

Line 5, after the word “Oregon”, strike out the words "acting through its highway department".

Page 2, line 2, after the word “Slough" strike out the words "drainage district”.

The title of the bill to be amended to read as follows: "Granting the consent of Congress to the State of Oregon and the Beaver Slough draining district to construct, maintain, and operate a dam and dike to prevent the flow of tidal waters into Beaver Slough, Coquille River, Coos County, Oreg.

The bill thus amended has the approval of the Department of War, as will appear by the annexed communication; the amendment referred to therein having been incorporated in the bill as reported. The communication from the War Department is made a part of this report and is as follows:

WAR DEPARTMENT, February 3, 1930. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill, S. 2897, Seventy-first Congress, second session, granting the consent of Congress to the State of Oregon and the Beaver Slough drainage district to construct a dam and dike to prevent the flow of tidal waters into Beaver Slough, Coquille River, Cous County, Oreg., if amended as indicated in red thereon.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War. O

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