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UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION AND RECLAMATION,

Los Angeles, Calif.
The committee met, pursuant to call of the chairman, at 10 o'clock
a. m., in the ball room of the Hotel Biltmore, Los Angeles, Calif.,
Senator Charles L. McNary presiding.

Present: Senators McNary (chairman), Johnson, Shortridge, Ashurst, Kendrick, Pittman, Oddie, Phipps, and Dill.

(Senate Resolution 320.

Sixty-eighth Congress, second session]

Resolved, That the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation, or a duly authorized subcommittee thereof, is authorized to make a complete investigation with respect to proposed legislation relating to the protection and development of the Colorado River Basin. For the purposes of this resolution such committee or subcommittee is authorized to hold hearings prior to the beginning of the first regular session of the Sixty-ninth Congress, to sit and act at such times and places within the United States and to employ such clerical and stenographic assistants as it deems advisable. The cost of stenographic service to report such hearings shall not be in excess of 25 cents per hundred words.' The committee or subcommittee is further authorized to send for persons and papers, to administer oaths, and to take testimony, and the expense attendant upon the work of the committee or subcommittee shall he paid for from the contingent fund of the Senate.

The CHAIRMAX. The committee will be in order. Let there be quiet in the room. The committee desires to resume the hearings commenced last spring in Washington, involving a study of the Colorado River Basin project. In the early days of last session, Senator Shortridge, a member of the committee, proposed hearings be had upon the various plans that have been proposed for the development of this much-needed project. Agreeably thereto, hearings were had in December, and in pursuance thereof, on February 26 the chairman, acting for the committee, offered a resolution which was unanimously agreed to and accepted by the Senate, providing for the observation, study, and survey of the ('olorado River project. As a result of this resolution, the committeemen are here to-day in large numbers, which I think is an indication of the interest the committee and Congress have in this great project. I want to comment the local committee for arranging the program so satisfactorily and logically, and I am sure it will add sequence and clarity to the proceedings. The chairman has the program before him detailing the subjects, also the time planned or outlined to be occupied by the respective speakers. I think we will follow that plan out religiously. I might say to the committee that the crossexamination, so far as possible, will be limited, including the remarks

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