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2. Havre, Mont.
Construction of the Bull Hook unit was initiated during September 1953. The amount of $700,000 in the budget estimate for fiscal year 1955 now before Congress will complete the construction of the Bull Hook unit and permit construction to be initiated on the levees and drainage facilities of the Milk River unit. Based on the amount included in the President's budget for fiscal year 1955 there would be a further requirement, after fiscal year 1955, of $369,800 for completion of the Milk River unit. 3. Libby Reservoir, Mont.
No action has yet been taken to resubmit this project for approval to the International Joint Commission. It is anticipated that it will be resubmitted as soon as certain domestic questions involved in the construction of the project have been settled within the regular channels. 4. Fort Peck Dam, second powerplant
Funds in the amount of $220,000 are contained in the budget estimate now before Congress for fiscal year 1955 for advance engineering and design on the second powerplant. 5. Billings, Mont.
Funds in the amount of $25,000 are included in the fiscal year 1955 President's budget estimate for initiation of advance engineering and design. The total cost of design studies required prior to initiation of construction is estimated at $46,400.
Columbia River local protection, Idaho, Ore
gon, Washington, Montana, and Wyoming.
Miles City, Mont
Local protection projects in 35 locations, 2 of which are in
the State of Montana and for which no funds have been
and (2) St. Regis River.
of improve nent provides for construction of a cutoff
flooding in Harlem, Mont.
for flood control and related purposes in the Yellowstone
City are a part of this overall plan of flood protection.
vides for levees and related works on Beaver Creek at
1, 233, 800
1, 233, 800
1 As of July 1, 1953. ? For advance engineering and design. For advance engineering and design on units not located in State of Montana.
Senator MANSFIELD. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Senator KNOWLAND. I have a letter from Senator Murray urging appropriations for the Havre, Mont., project. That letter will be placed in the record at this point.
UNITED STATES SENATE,
March 9, 1954.
Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington, D. C. DEAR SENATOR: Noting that your subcommittee is presently holding hearings on civil functions appropriation items, I should like to bring to your attention my interest in the appropriation item recommended for the Havre, Mont., floodcontrol project,
As you know, the Congress has heretofore appropriated nearly $800,000 to carry forward the construction of this unit whose estimated Federal cost exceeds $2 million. The Bureau of the Budget has recommended an item in the amount of $700,000 to continue construction during the next fiscal year. The benefitto-cost ratio of this particular project is 2.9 to 1, and I think the record will show the extreme urgency of completing this unit that is so vital to the control of the Bull Hook and Milk Rivers that for many years have caused extensive damage in and near the city of Havre.
All mombers of the Montana congressional delegation have made numerous appearances before the congressional Appropriations Committees, and I am sure I need not go into detail in attempting to impress upon the members of your subcommittee our concern about this problem. The record is replete with factual data with respect to flood damage that has occurred in the Havre area during the past years.
It is my sincere hope that your subcommittee will give the most careful and sympathetic ronsideration to the anpropriations requested to further the work on this flood-control project, and I shall be most happy to provide your subcommittee with any additional information that might be desired. Because of the fact that there is a recognized need for this flood-control unit, and in view of the extensive testimony that has been given in past years on this subject, I feel it is unnecescary for me to take any of the committee's valuable time in appearing personally before you in behalf of the project, but I respectfully request that this letter he entered in the record of the committee's hearings on this project. Sincerely yours,
JAMES E. MURRAY. Senator KNOWLAND. I would like to place in the record at this point a letter from Senator Morse concerning the need for funds for Oregon projects. (The letter referred to follows:)
UNITED STATES SENATE,
March 4, 1954.
United States Senate, Washington, D. O. DEAR SENATOR KNOWLAND: Administration budget recommendations for the fiscal year 1955 for Army engineers civil works projects in the State of Oregon are sho k'n ly inadequate, in view of the present economic distress in the State, and the great need for low-cost electric power.
DELAYS AT THE DALLES AND CHIEF JOSEPH
The President's recommendation of only $34,100,000 for continuing construction of the Dalles Dam on the Columbia River, when $58 million was requested by the Carns of 'n ineers to keen the work on schedule, will result in a 1-year postponement of initial power generation.
A dol v from November 1957 th No emher 1958 in the initial power generation will result in the following power losses : 183.000 kilowatts in 1958; 312,000 kilowatts in 1959 and 1960-a total of 807,000 kilowatts through 1960.
*ion projects in 35 locations, 2 of which are in
Control Acts. Plan
of a cutoff
mendations do not include sufficient funds to resume a
Funds for survey reports, the first step toward new it it is unlikely that any new studies can be undertaken. main unscheduled by the engineers because there are not ut them. survey purposes must be restored to normal levels. The eas where projects, such as the proposed water storage and the Yamhill River Basin, are needed must not be the victims ram. Tenance recommendations as to funds for preservation, operation, re of existing harbor and river works do not meet all current nsufficient to provide assurance that authorized depths and
and rivers will be maintained. Oregon are to take their place in the Pacific coast forward denal funds are needed for operation and maintenance of shipping olumbia River serving the ports of Astoria, Portland, The Dalles, $; at Coos Bay, and on the rivers which meet the sea on the coast.
tries ence of new heavy public works in the President's recommendations
tionwide adverse effect on industry and will seriously hamper the am, is shown in a letter which I received a few days ago from George president of the Guy F. Atkinson Co., one of the west coast's leading uction contractors.
the absence of new starts in the recommendations, Mr. Atkinson said, alon, it is necessary both for defense purposes and for the general the industry that major public works be built in a sufficient volume e industry alive and healthy. Any curtailment so drastic that it ipples the industry is penny-wise and pound-foolish.” that during the last war much of the country's ability to mobilize es rapidly was due to the ease with which major construction organizae called into service for large installations and heavy works, he dehe present condition in the industry: "With virtually no work to even jany major organizations are faced with the prospect of being disbanded. dverse effect on the heavy equipment industry will not be far behind, · lack of new work to be started will be felt in many industrial States," kinson said. "We feel that we must vigorously call your attention to the
of the present policy and the permanent injury to both the construction and nent industries.” ployment in Oregon 1 a letter written to the Director, Bureau of the Budget, on December 24, 1953, or to the recommendations, I told him that according to a report issued by the egon State Unemployment Compensation Commission, unemployment in Oregon *s the highest in the Nation, The latest figures which I have been able to obtain from the United States epartment of Labor, for the week ending February 13, 1954, show covered unemloyment of 11.4 percent in Oregon, as compared to an unemployment average of 6 percent for the rest of the Nation.