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- 43Mr. LEATHERWOOD. With your amendment, you would be satisfied with the passage of the act?Mr. SQUIRES. Perfectly satisfied.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Does your State believe in the doctrine of prior appropriations?Mr. SQUIRES. We have such a doctrine in force within the State.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Does your State undertake to control and dispose of the unappropriated water within the boundary of the State?Mr. SQUIRES. We recognize the right of prior appropriation.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Do you believe in that right?Mr. SQUIRES. I believe it is a right that can be properly carried out.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Do you think it ought to be preserved to the States?Mr. SQUIRES. If there is no compact between the three States, or between the seven States or the six States, the prior appropriation would naturally still remain.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Do you realize that this bill practically nationalizes the river ?Mr. SQUIRES. Yes, sir.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Do you favor that?Mr. SQUIRES. We are perfectly willing that the project shall be under the control of the Federal Government.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Do you favor the policy outlined in this bill of the Government going ahead and doing that by ignoring the several States and their rights?Mr. SQUIRES. I favor the Government building the dam.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. I understand that, but do you favor the other ? Do you favor the Government going ahead and appropriating this money and building this dam, by ignoring the rights of the several States to control the unappropriated water within their boundaries?Mr. SQUIRES. I feel that the Government would follow the terms of any agreement that the States might make among themselves.Mr. REED. Is that not a question for Congress to determine?Mr. SQUIRES. I think so.Mr. SWING. The bill provides that the Government is to follow the Colorado compact.Mr. SQUIRES. I understand so.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. But that contract could be followed literally and still the Government would proceed to make appropriation of the necessary money for the development.Mr. SQUIRES. I think we would be perfectly satisfied with the present bill.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. I call your attention to page 6, subdivision (b), line 24. Do you have that provision before you?Mr. SQUIRES. Yes, sir.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Are you familiar with that paragraph, so we need not take the time to read it?Mr. SQUIRES. Just superficially familiar.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Are you in favor of that provision?Mr. SQUIRES. We have no objection to it.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. No objection to writing that into the law?Mr. SQUIRES. None whatever.
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