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COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,
UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTY-NINTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H. R. 6597
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CONSTRUCTION OF
CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS ON RIVERS AND
HARBORS FOR FLOOD CONTROL, AND

FOR OTHER PURPOSES

JUNE 24, 25, AND 26, 1946

Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce

25997-917

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1946

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COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

JOSIAH W. BAILEY, North Carolina, Chairman JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana

ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan THEODORE G. BILBO, Mississippi

OWEN BREWSTER, Maine GEORGE L. RADCLIFFE, Maryland

ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida

EDWARD V. ROBERTSON, Wyoming JAMES M. MEAD, New York

GUY CORDON, Oregon W. LEE O’DANIEL, Texas

C. WAYLAND BROOKS, Illinois PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada

THOMAS C. HART, Connecticut. JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas

WILLIAM F, KNOWLAND, California
WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington
CHARLES C. GOSSETT, Idaho

PIERCE O. BREWER, Clerk
ELOISE PORTER, Assistant Clerk

II

FLOOD CONTROL

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 1946

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,

Washington, D. C. The committee met pursuant to call, at 10:30 a. m., in the committee room of the Committee on Commerce, United States Capitol, Senator John H. Overton (acting chairman), presiding.

Present: Senators Overton, Robertson, Hart, McClellan, and Gossett.

Also present: Senators Clyde R. Hoey and Elmer Thomas; Representatives Jane Pratt and John H. Folger.

Senator OVERTON. The committee will come to order.

The committee has under consideration H. R. 6597, an act authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbor's for flood control, and for other purposes. (The bill is as follows:)

[H. R. 6597, 79th Cong., 2d sess.] AN ACT Authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbors for

flood control, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “Flood Control Act of 1946”.

SEC. 2. That section 3 of the Act approved June 22, 1936 (Public, Numbered 738, Seventy-fourth Congress), as amended by section 2 of the Act approved June 28, 1938 (Public, Numbered 761, Seventy-fifth Congress), shall apply to all works authorized in this Act except that for any channel improvement or channel rectification project, provisions (a), (b), and (c) of section 3 of said Act of June 22, 1936, shall apply thereto, and except as otherwise provided by law: Provided, That the authorization for any flood-control project herein adopted requiring local cooperation shall expire five years from the date on which local interests are notified in writing by the War Department of the requirements of local cooperation, unless said interests shall within said time furnish assurances satisfactory to the Secretary of War that the required cooperation will be furnished.

The provisions of section 1 of the Act of December 22, 1944 (Public, Numbered 534, Seventy-eighth Congress, second session), shall govern with respect to projects herein authorized; and the procedures therein set forth with respect to plans, proposals, or reports for works of improvement for navigation or flood control and for irrigation and purposes incidental thereto shall apply as if herein set forth in full.

SEC. 3. That hereafter for authorized flood-protection projects which include alterations of railroad bridges the Chief of Engineers is authorized to include at Federal expense the necessary alterations of railroad bridges and approaches in connection therewith.

SEC. 4. That section 4 of the Act approved December 22, 1944 (Public, Numbered 534, Seventy-eighth Congress), is amended to read as follows:

"The Chief of Engineers, under the supervision of the Secretary of War, is authorized to construct, maintain, and operate public park and recreational

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