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asjwell as reports on other projects and produce a comprehensive plan.
In view of the above, I, therefore, suggest that the Congress regard this message and the accompanying documents as merely a preliminary study and allow me, between now and the assembling of the next Congress, to complete these studies and to outline to the next Congress a comprehensive plan to be pursued over a long period of years. Further legislative action on this subject at this session of the Congress seems to me, therefore, unnecessary.
I expect before the final adjournment of this Congress to forward to it a broader outline of national policy, in which the subject matter of this message will be presented in conjunction with two other subjects also relating to human welfare and security. We should proceed toward a rounded policy of national scope.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT. THE WHITE HOUSE, June 4, 1934.
(NOTE.Documents referred to accompanied similar message to the Senate.)
A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE IMPROVEMENT AND
OF HYDROELECTRIC POWER
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON
Report of the President's Committee on Water Flow...
Criteria for choice of projects.
Supplemental letter of the Secretary of War.
Statement of policy of the Secretary of Agriculture--
LETTER OF SUBMITTAL
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, April 17, 1934. The PRESIDENT,
The White House. MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: The committee appointed by you to consider the water resources of the United States and to make recommendations for the development of 10 river basins submits the enclosed report.
Realizing your desire for an early report, your committee has utilized available information without waiting for the conduct of new investigations or the completion of old ones. Much information was found to be readily accessible, but further studies are necessary for the proper planning of these and other river basins. Pending these studies it may not be desirable to transmit to Congress a selection of specific projects. Any selection of specific projects at this point must necessarily omit many meritorious projects which further analysis may show to be preferable. Your committee believes, however, that the reports of the technical subcommittees will furnish to Congress the basis of a comprehensive plan of development, but a competent coordinating body should reduce the diversified views to practical objectives and supply adequate data which would result in the selection of well-defined projects. The basis of this procedure is referred to on pages 10 and 11 of the attached report. Sincerely yours,
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior. Geo. H. DERN,
Secretary of War. H. A. WALLACE,
Secretary of Agriculture, FRANCES PERKINS,
Secretary of Labor.