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COMMITTEE ON RIVERS AND HARBORS
A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF WAR TO
Representative Alfred F. Beiter___.
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Written communications, briefs, tables, etc.:
H.R. 7593, a bill to authorize the Secretary of War to prosecute the
Hon. John McKenzie, Commissioner of Docks, New York City.
GREAT LAKES-HUDSON RIVER WATERWAY
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1934
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
The committee met at 11:15 a.m., Hon. Joseph J. Mansfield (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will please come to order. This is a hearing to consider a report on the Great Lakes-Hudson River Waterway, submitted in Rivers and Harbors Committee Document 20, Seventy-third Congress, second session, and also a bill (H.R. 7593) introduced by Mr. Gavagan, which reads as follows:
[H.R. 7593, 73d Cong., 2d sess.]
A BILL To authorize the Secretary of War to prosecute the work of improvement of the New York State Barge Canal, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the work of improvement of the New York State Barge Canal is hereby adopted and authorized to be prosecuted under the direction of the Secretary of War and supervision of the Chief of Engineers in accordance with the plan recommended in the report contained in House Document No. 29, Seventy-first Congress, second session, at an estimated cost of $50,000,000.
SEC. 2. The Secretary of War is hereby directed to prepare detailed plans and specifications for the effectuation of such improvement, including the deepening of such canal to 14 feet between locks, the raising the level of bridges crossing such canal so as to provide a vertical clearance of 20 feet, and the widening of such canal at such places and to such dimensions as the Secretary of War shall deem advisable.
SEC. 3. The State of New York, through its duly authorized agency, may submit to the Secretary of War statements setting forth the improvements to such canal proposed to be made by it in accordance with the detailed plans and specifications prepared by the Secretary of War pursuant to the foregoing section, together with the estimated cost thereof. If the Secretary of War approves, he shall promptly notify such agency of the State of New York. All work thereunder shall be undertaken by the State of New York in accordance with its laws and under the supervision of its duly authorized agency, subject to the inspection and approval of the Secretary of War. Upon the completion of such improvements the Governor of the State shall certify the cost thereof to the Secretary of War, and if he shall find that same has been constructed in compliance with such plans and specifications he shall certify the fact to the Secretary of the Treasury, who shall thereupon cause the costs thereof to be repaid to the State of New York. The Secretary of War may, in his discretion, from time to time, direct the Secretary of the Treasury to make payments to the State of New York as the work progresses in such amounts as the Secretary of War and the duly authorized agency of the State of New York may jointly determine.
SEC. 4. Payments made under this Act in any fiscal year shall not exceed the amounts allocated in any annual War Department Appropriation Act for the effectuation of such improvement.