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House Proceeding 10-01-09 on Oct 1st, 2009 :: 0:38:20 to 0:41:45
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Nathan Deal

0:38:18 to 0:38:38( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: continue to build our infrastructure, protect our people and provide the opportunity for us to be successful and i urge passage of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. deal.

Nathan Deal

0:38:20 to 0:41:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Nathan Deal

Nathan Deal

0:38:39 to 0:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: gentleman from georgia is recognized for three minutes. mr. deal: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today, unfortunately, in opposition to this conference report. and i want to point out to this body that something has been added in the original version from the other body. it injects itself into something that i don't think this house wants to be involved in.

Nathan Deal

0:39:00 to 0:39:21( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: and that is the water wars between alabama, florida and georgia. unfortunately there is language here that directs the corps of engineers to calculate critical yields on the two mainly basins that flow through my state of

Nathan Deal

0:39:22 to 0:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: georgia and, in particular, involve the basins themselves and thereservoirs. now, i do not think that the gentleman who is handling this bi or the republican gentleman who is handling this bill has any intention of having this inject itself into a controversy that has been going on for decades in the federal courts

Nathan Deal

0:39:44 to 0:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: and is still current under appeal as a result of the latest decision. now the affect of this is -- effect of this is one of two things. it will either be used and since it directs the corps of engineers to within 120 days to calculate critical yields of the two major river basins, it will will either be used for purposes

Nathan Deal

0:40:08 to 0:40:28( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: of the ongoing litigation or it will be used as an argument for why human consumption should not be considered in the resolution of this issue between the three states or among the three states now, to spend corps dollars calculating something that does not take into account the right of people to drink the water

Nathan Deal

0:40:29 to 0:40:49( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: that is in their state is unrealistic and is a true waste of federal must. i find it quite ironic that the gentleman who injected this language into this bill just a couple years ago was injecting language that directed the corps not to do these kinds of

Nathan Deal

0:40:50 to 0:41:10( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: studies. isn't it ironic how all of a sudden the positios have flip flopped? now, if you do not think that this is issue that involves e so-called water wars, i would invite you to look at the press release for the gentleman who is claiming credit for

Nathan Deal

0:41:11 to 0:41:33( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: injecting this in it and it's referred to as the water wars amendment. i would hope that is body would not see fit to get involved in a fight that is going to be resolved hopefully by agreement of the governors of the three states. my governor has initiated an effort to try to resume those

Nathan Deal

0:41:34 to 0:41:46( Edit History Discussion )

Nathan Deal: negotiations and we have had as a response from at least the state of alabama, we're hopeful that the state of florida will respond accordingly, this issue ultimately, i think, will be resolved by the governors

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