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14cies for the construction, in accordance with this act, of said canal and appurtenant structures, and also for the operation and maintenance thereof, with the consent of the other users.SEC. 11. "Political subdivision " or "political subdivisions " as used in this act shall be understood to include any State, irrigation, or other district, municipality, or other governmental organization,"Reclamation law" as used in this act shall be understood to mean that certain act of the Congress of the United States approved June 17, 1902, entitled "An act appropriating the receipts from the sale and disposal of public land in certain States and Territories to the construction of irrigation works for the reclamation of arid lands," and the acts amendatory thereof and supplemental thereto." Maintenance " as used herein shall be deemed to include in each instance provision for a fund sufficient to keep the works in good operating condition during the period of amortization of construction cost.SEC. 12. The Colorado River compact signed by the commissioners of the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, and by Herbert Hoover, as the representative of the United States of America, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 24, 1922, pursuant to act of Congress approved August 19, 1921, entitled "An act to permit a compact or agreement between the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming respecting the disposition and apportionment of the waters of the Colorado River, and for other purposes," is hereby approved by the Congress of the United States, and the provisions of the first paragraph of article 11 of the said Colorado River compact, making said compact binding and obligatory when it shall have been approved by the legislature of each of the signatory States are hereby waived, and this approval shall become effective when by act or resolution of their respective legislatures at least six of the signatory States shall have approved or may hereafter approve said compact and shall consent to such waiver.SEC. 13. This act shall be deemed a supplement to the reclamation law, which said reclamation law shall govern the construction, operation, and management of the works herein authorized, except as otherwise herein provided.SEC. 14. That the short title of this act shall be " Boulder Canyon project act."Mr. HAYDEN. Mr. Chairman, I should like to submit some observations. I first desire to comment upon the report on the Swing bill by the Secretary of the Interior, with particular reference to this sentence which appears on page 13 of the press release of his letter to you of January 18:I suggest for consideration, amendment to the effect that the benefits to be derived from this development shall be available only to those States or the citizens of those States which have ratified the compact.I have great respect for Secretary Work. It is his ambition to make the Interior Department a great constructive arm of the Government for the development of the West. He is a man of high purpose and splendid courage. In seeking to accomplish good results he expects to be criticized, but is not deterred from going ahead by any fear of what may be said about him.Like every other man who accomplishes anything the Secretary is liable to make mistakes. I have seen him make more than one, but he is brave enough to admit that he may have been wrong and wise enough to rectify the error. Knowing Doctor Work as I do. I am certain that his suggestion that any State which has not ratified the Colorado River compact shall be denied the benefits of the proposed development was not based upon mature consideration. Its position in the text of his letter shows that it was a mere afterthought, or as the Mexicans say, a "pelon," thrown in for good measure. It is a proposal upon which, after reflection, I am sure he will not insist.

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