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House Proceeding 11-19-09 on Nov 19th, 2009 :: 0:54:35 to 0:59:55
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Doc Hastings

0:54:34 to 0:54:55( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to support this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon yields the time. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i inquired a moment ago how much time. how much time again and if i could inquire of my friend from arizona, again, if there's any speakers? i know that the gentleman from oregon came down, that's why i reserved but i just wonder if

Doc Hastings

0:54:35 to 0:59:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

0:54:56 to 0:55:17( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the gentleman has any more speakers? mr. grijalva: there are no additional speakers. haste thaste -- mr. hastings: that you know of. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington has 4 1/2 minutes remaing. the gentleman from arizona has seven minutes remaining. the gentleman from washington. mr. hast speaker. i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for the balance of his time. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i

Doc Hastings

0:55:18 to 0:55:38( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: made reference several times in my remarks of the unintended consequences or alluded to unintended consequences that happened this. and let me give you a real life example and i alluded to it in my remar and i'm talking

Doc Hastings

0:55:39 to 0:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: specifically about the town at the end of a lake in my district. this is a town that has no roads going into it, the only way you can get there is by boat or by airplane that can land on the lake. but this is a gateway to a wilderness area and this

Doc Hastings

0:56:00 to 0:56:20( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: wilderness designation was made some 20 years ago and there's a road that goes back about 20 miles to hit the wilderness area. this is an economic driver for the town. well, unfortunately the road is in a wilderness area and this is the unintended consequence. because you get a lot of

Doc Hastings

0:56:21 to 0:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: snowfall in the cascades and this road gets washed out occasionally. it got completely washed out several years ago and the obvious solution to that is to repair the road so that it can -- you can still have access to the wilderness area. but you have the one problem in this particular case and that is

Doc Hastings

0:56:42 to 0:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: that the road is in a wilderness area which means there's no wiggle room. and so it is literallyaking an act of congress, mr. speaker, to rebuild a dirt road to g access to a wilderness area. now i'm sure that that wa't intended when this bill was passed by the congress before i got here in the late 19 0s.

Doc Hastings

0:57:04 to 0:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: i'm sure that -- 1980's. i'm sure that that was not the case and yet we passed the bill out of the house. i'm very pleased, on a bipartisan note. but just think about this principle. this is a road that gives you access to a wilterness area that happens to be on wilderness land. an act of nature washes out that land and it takes an act of

Doc Hastings

0:57:25 to 0:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: congress, for goodness sakes, to make it whole again so you have economic activity. several members, several of my colleagu from oregon have talked about the great economic activity this designation is going to have. i hope they're right. but they should, they should take into account a real life example in a small part of the

Doc Hastings

0:57:46 to 0:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: state just north of them, manyly -- mainly what's happened to the community at the top end of the lake in my district. becae this is the real life happenings and the unintended conseq you give total authority to the federal government. i hope it doesn't happen to the molalla river. i truly don't. but i suspect as i said earlier

Doc Hastings

0:58:07 to 0:58:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: in my remarks that that very well may be the case. so i think that story is worth retelling, mr. speaker, because it's not told enough, the town of stehekin is a very small town. the issue isn't done yet. that bill is in the senate. i hope it passes.

Doc Hastings

0:58:29 to 0:58:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: but i might mention one other irony. those that are opposed, were opposed to rebuilding that road, they don't live in washington state. they live in other a country. why? because you cannot damage wilderness. even t to be an economic life line. i'm sure the intended

Doc Hastings

0:58:50 to 0:59:11( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: consequences that they're talking about -- i'm sure there are unintended consequences that they're talking about. i reluctantly rise to oppose this designation. not because the gentleman from oregon, the sponsor of the bill, is doing what he thinks his constituents want. i respect that. i really do. i just have experienced firsthand enough in my time in

Doc Hastings

0:59:12 to 0:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: congress to see that this to unintended consequences and there are better ways to manage probably drive economic activities surrounding the molalla river than going this far and the second point is, we could have accommodated the gentleman from oregon's concern about taking this timber matrix out with a simple land exchange. we're only talking about 400

Doc Hastings

0:59:33 to 0:59:53( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: acres. yet it is denied twice. once in commi the rules committee. so those 400 acres, albeit small, are locked up forever. as i said, 400 acres today, maybe it will be 6,000 acres in the future. there's certainly been thousands of acres in the past. so with that, mr. speaker, i

Doc Hastings

0:59:54 to 0:59:56( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: rise reluctantly to oppose this

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