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7 October 1998
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, moments ago, HR 4570 was described as a delicate balance not to be disturbed by votes against either the resolution or the rule. In fact, the primary justification presented for passage of the bill was the brilliance with which a compromise securing the necessary number of votes was engineered. Statements such as these are an unfortunate commentary on the state of affairs in the nations capital insofar as they represent not advancement of sound policy principles but rather a seriously flawed process by which federal government favors are distributed in a means which assures everyone gets a little something if they vote to give enough other districts a little something too. This is not the procedure by which Congress should be deciding matters of federal land disposition and acquisition. In fact, there appears to be no Constitutional authority for most of what HR 4570 proposes to do.
1998 Ron Paul 111:2
Particularly frustrating is that in my attempt to return authority to the State of Texas for a water project located in the 14th District, I introduced HR 2161, The Palmetto Bend Title Transfer Project. Return of such authority comports with my Constitutional notion that local control is preferred to unlimited federal authority to dictate from Washington, the means by which a water project in Edna, Texas will be managed. I understand that certain Members of Congress may disagree with the notion of the proper and limited role of the federal government. The point here, however, is that the political process embracing the
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HR 2161 merely facilitates the early payment of the construction costs (discounted, of course, by the amount of interest no longer due as a consequence of early payment) and transfers title of the Palmetto Bend Project to the Texas state authorities. Both the LNRA and TWDB concur that an early
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Texas has already demonstrated sound management of this resource. Recreational use of the lake has been
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Members of Congress must not be put in the position of having to support a massive federal land grab to secure for the residents of Texas more local control over their water supply. For these reasons, while I remain committed to the return of Lake Texana to Texas State authorities, I must reluctantly and necessarily oppose HR 4570.