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68could. I call that a compulsory reason which affects not only the lower States but affects the city of Denver.But there is a compulsory reason that is even greater than this. I refer to the decision or order entered by the Federal Power Commission in October last, whereby the Girand application, or rather the proposed license upon it and the proposed license upon some 23 other applications, were held up pending what the commission described as a "reasonable time" for the Colorado River Basin States to reach an agreement. Most of those applications-at least those calling for the greatest quantities of water, were applications for licenses for plants to be constructed in the lower basin, and some of those applications called for all of the now unused waters of the Colorado River system and would expose us, if the license were granted, to infinite danger, no matter how the Federal Power Commission might attempt to protect us by so-called "protective provisions." There would always be the doubt as to the validity of those provisions.Now the Federal Power Commission has said that these licenses are to be suspended for a reasonable time. We do not know when that reasonable time will expire. We are satisfied that the commission will allow at least another legislative session of the legislatures of Arizona and of California, in order to give those States a chance to ratify, but we have no moral assurance of any kind that the extension would be for a longer period, and if it should not be, then we are at the mercy of the validity of the protective provisions of those licenses which might be issued and which would be issued without a Colorado River compact in effect. That, to me, is a grave danger and it is a compelling reason why, with proper amendments made to this bill, the city of Denver should support it.Not only is there this attitude of the Federal Power Commission but President Coolidge has a couple of times indicated-and his expressions were always called out by somebody favoring this particular project-that he was in favor of development in the lower basin.We find that Secretary Work likewise is strongly wedded to development there and to this particular project upon certain conditions.With the President having spoken words of encouragement and with two cabinet officers having particularly and expressly urged the construction of this project, I feel that we are close to saying that this is an administrative measure, and if it be an administrative measure, then there is all the more reason for us of the upper States to fear the expiration of the time limit set by the Federal Power Commission without getting the Colorado River compact adopted before that time arrives.It is only, gentlemen, as I see it, by the Colorado River compact that the city of Denver can possibly be, with full assurance, protected. All other devices are debatable as to their legal validity. So we live, as it is, under a sword of Damocles. If we postpone longer support of this project, we are in danger of losing the Colorado River compact project.We have remained true to the seven-State principle. I have been among those who have fought hardest for it; who have earnestly desired that Arizona be one of the seven, but under the circuit

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