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Department of the Interior:
Contingent expenses, Bureau of Pensions..
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Construction of fish ladder Wapato irrigation
5, 000. 00
Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, salaries and
Damages by naval vessels..
50, 000. 00
Department of State:
Contingent expenses, Foreign missions ----
Survey of battle field at Saratoga, N. Y...
15, 000. 00
Mr. HAYDEN, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the
[To accompany H. R. 12902, the deficiency appropriation bill]
On behalf of the State of Arizona, I recommend that the appropriation of $10,660,000 for the commencement of construction on the Boulder Canyon Dam and hydroelectric power plant be stricken from the bill for the following reasons:
1. A solemn promise made in order to secure the passage of the Boulder Canyon project act has not been kept. "Congress was repeatedly assured that the city of Los Angeles would be the principal guarantor for the return of the money advanced by the Federal Government for the construction of the Boulder Canyon project. That city has guaranteed nothing.
Something alleged to be “just as good” has been substituted. Its bureau of power and water has made a contract for lease of power privilege which it is freely confessed can not be enforced against the city of Los Angeles. There is also good reason to justify the opinion that this contract can not be enforced against the bureau. Congress should beware of substitutes and insist that no appropriatio of money will be made until the original pledge is redeemed in every detail.
2. The contract for lease of power privilege is made subject to the condition that it shall not go into effect until after Congress makes an appropriation of money to commence construction of Boulder Canyon Dam. There is testimony in the committee hearings to prove that this contract is so drawn that the private power companies in California will gain control of over one-half of the firm energy produced at Boulder Dam and the major portion of the secondary energy.
This requires an immediate decision as to whether it is advisable for Congress to appropriate public money collected from taxpayers throughout the United States to produce cheap electric power which will be distributed at retail to consumers in one section of the country by private agencies for profit. Congress should not make the first appropriation to commence construction of Boulder Dam until this question has been thoroughly considered. Haste should be avoided because Congress has no power to abrogate a contract once made.
3. Section 4 (a) of the Boulder Canyon project act authorizes an agreement or compact among the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada for an equitable division of the waters of the lower basin of the Colorado River. Arizona has in good faith diligently and earnestly endeavored to enter into such a compact. The commissioners representing that State have at no time sought to depart from the expressed intent of Congress with respect to the division of water which the act proposed.
California has consistently and persistently refused to divide the waters of the Colorado River Basin with Arizona. It is the intention of that State to avoid any agreement whatsoever with Arizona respecting an apportionment of water. Through the use of the money and the power of the Federal Government that State hopes to gain control of all the waters of the Colorado River which can possibly be used in California and hold the same by right of prior appropriation.
If the Federal Government will only keep out of this controversy Arizona has no fear that California can gain any advantage over her. There is not water enough in the Colorado River to completely serve the needs of both States. Water is the chief factor which limits the growth of population and wealth in both Arizona and southern California. Arizona asks to be assured of a fair share of the water in the manner proposed by Congress in the Boulder Canyon project act. Until California is willing to do what Congress has thus indicated should be done, no appropriation should be made to commence construction of the Boulder Canyon Dam. Federal funds and Federal influence should not be used to confer benefits on one State to the detriment of another. Respectfully submitted.
CARL HAYDEN. O
71 ST CONGRESS
REPORT No. 1079
HIGHWAY FROM FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, TO POINT
JUNE 18 (calendar day, JUNE 23), 1930.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. McNary, from the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry,
submitted the following
[To accompany S. 4708)
The Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4708) to amend the act entitled "An act providing for a study regarding the construction of a highway to connect the northwestern part of the United States with British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Alaska in cooperation with the Dominion of Canada," approved May 15, 1930, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass without amendment.
Under the act approved May 15, 1930, the President is authorized to appoint three commissioners to cooperate with representatives of the Dominion of Canada in a study to determine the feasibility and practicability of constructing a highway to connect the northwestern part of the United States with British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Alaska.
The purpose of this bill is to amend above act by also directing the commissioners appointed under its provisions, without undertaking an actual survey, to report as near as they can on the feasibility of a highway from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Point Barrow on the Arctic coast, or some other point at which the midnight sun is visible.
The Department of Agriculture has no objection to the amendment provided in this bill, as expressed in the letter of R. W. Dunlap, Acting Secretary, to the chairman of the committee under date of June 20, 1930, which reads as follows and is made a part of this report:
JUNE 20, 1930. Ho . CHARLES L. McNary, Chairman Committee on Agriculture and Forestry,
United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR: Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of June 14, transmitting a copy of a bill (S. 4708) with request that the committee be furnished with my comments thereon.