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House Proceeding on Jan 21st, 2010 :: 1:04:00 to 1:07:20
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Nick J. Rahall

1:03:56 to 1:04:16( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: virginia, mr. rahall, and the gentleman from washington, mr. minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia. mr. rahall: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 3342. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. rah

Nick J. Rahall

1:04:00 to 1:07:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Nick J. Rahall

1:04:17 to 1:04:39( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: yield myself such time as i may consume. we're now proceeding with the second of three bills to implement indian water right settlement agreements being consider the pending measure, like the previous bill, is sponsored by our colleague, ben rahilou has of new mexico, and by martin heinrich of that state. this legislation would settle the water lights of four pueblos in new mexico under

Nick J. Rahall

1:04:40 to 1:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: agreement with the state of mexico, santa fe county, the city of santa fe and individual water users. it would end 44 years of active litigation involving over 2,500 defendants by ratfying the settlement agreement and fund a regional water system for all water users in the value. the previous bill we considered

Nick J. Rahall

1:05:02 to 1:05:24( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: would end 40 years of l the one we are currently considering would end 44 years of litigation. i would say to my colleagues that today we are making the american people want certainty. during these tough economic times, we all want to have certainty in our lives. but for many a long year certainty with respect to water

Nick J. Rahall

1:05:25 to 1:05:45( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: has not been the case in the rio grande watershed. today, we can provide that certainty. the pending measure would secure water to meet the current and future needs of the pueblos involved, protect water users that make the region unique, preserve irrigation in the area and provide water for all of the region's residents.

Nick J. Rahall

1:05:46 to 1:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: as in the case of h.r. 3342, water rights settlements improve water management by providing certainty, not just to the quantification of a tribe's water rights, but also to the water rights of all users. certainty provides opportunities for economic developmen non-indians alike.

Nick J. Rahall

1:06:07 to 1:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: where indian water rights are unquantified, there's often tension and colon flict between tribes and their neighbors. the -- conflicts between tribes and their neighbors. the settlements replaces tension with mutual interindependence and trust. i commend the team of lujan and heinrich for their hard work on this matter. i again would acknowledge the

Nick J. Rahall

1:06:29 to 1:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: long hours of work that have been put into this measure by the gentlelady from california -- the distinguished from california, grace napolitano, for chair of water and power. she's gone through hours of meetings and discussions.

Nick J. Rahall

1:06:51 to 1:07:11( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: i thank the four their with that, reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, the arguments that i made on the pr applicable to this bill.

Nick J. Rahall

1:07:12 to 1:07:20( Edit History Discussion )

Nick J. Rahall: so let me simply summarize. to believe on this side that settlement agreements are in

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