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House Proceeding on Jan 27th, 2010 :: 2:35:05 to 2:43:39
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Nick J. Rahall

2:33:35 to 2:35:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Nick J. Rahall

Nick J. Rahall

2:34:58 to 2:35:18( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: existed prior to the designation of wilderness. the facility had been used to deliver water to the owner of the land. since the designation the owner had a valid water right. and it would not be practical to move the facility out of the wilderness area. this is legislation designed to put in place a reasonable solution to a conflict. mr. minnick and mr. simpson

Nick J. Rahall

2:35:19 to 2:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: ought to be commended for

Doc Hastings

2:35:21 to 2:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: working cooperatively and in a bipartisan fashion to craft this legislation. i reserve the balae of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. hastings: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i will first speak to the merits of this legislation before focusing on

Doc Hastings

2:35:25 to 2:40:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

2:35:42 to 2:36:02( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the partisan reasons why the house is having to debate this bi and this legislation for a second week in a row. this bill was originally introduced by mr. simpson of idaho to require the forest service to issue special use maintenance programs towners of a small number of water systems in two idaho wilderness

Doc Hastings

2:36:03 to 2:36:26( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: areas. although these water diversions continue to operate, their owners currently lack the authority to maintain and repair these facilities. failure to maintain these facilities can harm not only to those that depend on access to the war that these structures provide but also damage the environment and watershed of the forest service land.

Doc Hastings

2:36:27 to 2:36:48( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: h.r. 4474 will allow the owners of the existing water systems to do the necessary maintenance. the legislation is narrowly tailored to apply to a small number of sites that meet specific criteria. qualify, the water diversion facility must have been in existence on the date that the area was designated as part of

Doc Hastings

2:36:49 to 2:37:09( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the national wilderness preservation system. it must have been in substantial continuous use since the date of that designation and the order of the facilities must hold a valid water right. additionally, sites can only be covered by the bill if it

Doc Hastings

2:37:10 to 2:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: cannot be practical or feasible to put it to anoer area and continue the beneficial use of water recognized under state law. this is the bill and policy that i believe merits strong support in this house. congress needs to have a reasonable and commonsense approach to managing our federal lands.

Doc Hastings

2:37:31 to 2:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: wilderness designations preclude such commonsense management. the restrictions on activity are so severe and inflexible the designation is often applied to unsuitable lands, the problems and the conflicts that arise out of that designation. and so here we are today, congress must go back once

Doc Hastings

2:37:54 to 2:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: again and fix the problem created by previous wilderness designation law. congress needs to execute far more caution and care and forethought before designating wilderness areas before you lock up these areas for human activity. we ought to be wise enough to devise sound conservation

Doc Hastings

2:38:15 to 2:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: practices on our land without creating the threat to neighboring families at poorly thought out wilderness designation can bring. there's no reason why we cannot both be good stewards and good neighbors. so, madam speaker, as i said that this is a matter of good public policy and i support the

Doc Hastings

2:38:36 to 2:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: changes that this legislation will make in the law. however, as a matter of how the democrat loords leaders who control this house are choosing to operate this house, i object to the extreme partisan maneuvering surrounding this bill. last week the house voted on

Doc Hastings

2:38:57 to 2:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: this exact same bill, but there are only two differences between that bill and this bill. first, this is a new bill with a new number. and second, the lead sponsor is now a democrat instead of a republican. last week this bill was h.r. 3538 sponsored by republican

Doc Hastings

2:39:18 to 2:39:39( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: mike simpson of idaho. today, the bill is numbered h.r. 4474 and the lead sponsor is democrat walt minnick of idaho. so let me repeat, the bill is word for word the same that the house voted on last week except the sponsorship has been switched so that a democrat is

Doc Hastings

2:39:40 to 2:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: now the prime sponsor. now, i have to say, madam speaker, this is truly a remarkable display of partisanship. first, democrat leaders directed their members to vote against this legislation last week because a totally separate piece of legislation failed to pass on the suspension calendar.

Doc Hastings

2:40:01 to 2:40:22( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and now these democrat leaders are playing a partisan switch-a-roo in sponsorship of this bill so that a democrat will get credit for this bill's passing. i assume this bill will pass. i might add, by the way, that the area that we're talking about is in mr. simpson's district.

Doc Hastings

2:40:23 to 2:40:30( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: so, madam speaker, with unemployment in double digits, millions of americans without jobs and with record deficits

Nick J. Rahall

2:40:31 to 2:40:51( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: set last year by a democrat president in this congress, one would think that this house would have more important things to do than to engage in such overt and obvious partisan tactics. so with that, madam speaker, i support the bill and i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from west virginia is recogned.

Nick J. Rahall

2:40:35 to 2:41:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Nick J. Rahall

Nick J. Rahall

2:40:52 to 2:41:07( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: mr. rahall: madam speaker, i yield myself 30 seconds. i do appreciate the manner in which the gentleman from washington, the ranking member, has stress the bipartisanship nature of this legislation. as he knows in our committee on natural resources, it's always

2:41:08 to 2:41:28( Edit History Discussion )

Walter Minnick: our effort to improve a product a second time we consider it. and that's what we're doing here today with this legislation. madam speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from idaho, mr. minnk, who has been so instrumental in bringing this legislation forward and worked so hard in crafting it. as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is

2:41:10 to 2:43:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter Minnick

2:41:29 to 2:41:53( Edit History Discussion )

Walter Minnick: recognized. mr. minnick: i thank the chairman and i'd like to indicate that the partisanship which leads to this particular procedural process for bringing this bill back to the floor had nothing -- has nothing to do with the merits of the legislation. congressman simpson has done a

2:41:54 to 2:42:14( Edit History Discussion )

Walter Minnick: great deal of work on these remote water systems that were ignored when two wilderness bills were protected and exist in both of our districts carefully crafting, as the ranking minority on the committee has stated, the congressman from washington,

2:42:15 to 2:42:39( Edit History Discussion )

Walter Minnick: carefully crafted a very narrow bill which creates some exceptions which allows 22 landowners who have since before wilderness -- these areas were created as wilderness operated very simple gravity fed water systems whose points intake are now in

2:42:40 to 2:43:01( Edit History Discussion )

Walter Minnick: wilderness because their small upstreams of creek in many instances and who needs to maintain these systems from time to time occasionally using mechanical means. congressman simpson looked and catalogged these 22 inholdings, graphed very carefully to

2:43:02 to 2:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Walter Minnick: correct the oversight. the oversight was not the wilderness. it was the continuous use of these private inholdings. legislation that would allow them to continue operating as they are in perpetuity. this is good legislation, it's good for idaho, it's good for wilderness.

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