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- 42whether you like it or not," that form of compulsion is such that human nature will resent it. It will not be possible to get anywhere on that basis.I realize that time is an element in this matter, as it ought to be; but no time can be gained by an attempt of this sort. Failure to agree means litigation in the courts, and we all know that would be long drawn out.You state that five years have elapsed since the people of the States concerned have sought to reach an agreement, and that the time has come when something must be done. This matter, to these States, is as important as was the adoption of the Constitution of the United States to the thirteen original States. It affects their future in many ways. Twelve years were required to adopt the Constitution of the United States, and it represented a series of compromises. Any bill of importance that has ever passed Congress since the Constitution was adopted was the result of compromises. We must all give and take. It is not fair at the end of only five years to say to a State that is vitally concerned that she must enter into an agreement or forfeit all her rights.Mr. SWING. In view of the statement made by the Representative from Arizona that they have no criticism whatever of the attitude taken by Nevada, and think the governor has always done what was best to try to work out an agreement, along that line did not the governor draw up a proposed plan for the division of the water between Arizona and California and submit it to California and Arizona, and did not California accept it and Arizona reject it?Mr. SQUIRES. That is true.Mr. SWING. Speaking of applying pressure upon some States, does it not appear to you that Arizona is undertaking to apply pressure through the vital needs of California by opposing the compact and by opposing this legislation, knowing that there are 60,000 people in peril in the Imperial Valley, which is below sea level 250 feet, knowing the shortage of water and power in Cali-fornia for domestic and municipal use, knowing that that need is urgent, that Arizona is the one that is actually using pressure by blocking this improvement, and trying to force more than a fair concession on the part of California?Mr. SQUIRES. I would not presume to criticize Arizona. Personally, it has at all times seemed to me that it would have been much better, not only for Arizona, but for California and other States, if they could have arrived at an agreement and had this going on a year or two ago.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. As I understand you, Mr. Squires, you favor the passage of the bill now before the committee, known as H. R. 9826.Mr. SQUIRES. I think so substantially in that form. We have no particular plan or criticism of any plans that are presented. It is our idea that this committee should formulate a bill based upon its intelligent judgment of the testimony that has been offered.Mr. LEAVITT. You suggested an amendment to the bill.Mr. SQUIRES. Yes, sir.
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