The Congressional Record

"Raker Act (Hetch Hetchy Act): Debates and Proceedings."

Publication Information: Excerpted from the Congressional Record: Containing the Proceedings and Debates of the Sixty-Third Congress, Second Session [Volume LI, Pp. 6-20, 46-73, 105-39, 168-69, 179-204, 236-40, 250-74, 284-315, 338-86, 423, 475, 554, 1189, 1244>]. Small type.

Procedure and debate surrounding the passage of H.R. 7207, which eventually became "An Act Granting to the city and county of San Francisco certain rights of way in, over, and through certain public lands, the Yosemite National Park, and Stanislaus National Forest, and certain lands in the Yosemite National Park, the Stanislaus National Forest, and the public lands in the State of California, and for other purposes" (38 Stat. 242-51), in the Second Session of the 63rd Congress. Debate resumed in the Senate on the first day of the Second Session. Themes raised in the House debate and earlier in the Senate were discussed again, including whether San Francisco really needed this water supply, the differing claims to use of the Hetch Hetchy water, whether the use of natural resources on should be free or not, and the opposition to flooding the valley. The number of letters in opposition to the bill entered in the Record attests to the wide-spread movement to defeat it.

Widely scattered pages selected from the complete record. These pages report the continuation of debate in the Senate, passage in the Senate, signing by the Speaker of the House and the Vice President, presentation to and approval by President Wilson.


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