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BRIDGE ACROSS DELAWARE RIVER BETWEEN PORT JERVIS, N. Y., AND BOROUGH OF MATAMORAS, PA.

Mar 3, 1938.— Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. O'NEILL of New Jersey, from the Committee on Interstate and

Foreign Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany 8. 8149)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 3149), authorizing the Interstate Bridge Commission of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to reconstruct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across the Delaware River between points in the city of Port Jervis, Orange County, N. Y., and the Borough of Matamoras, Pike County, Pa., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War and Agriculture Departments, as will appear by the letters attached, addressed to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce.

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 30, 1937. Respectfully returned to the chairman, Committee on Commerce, United States Senate.

So far as the interests committed to this Department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill, S. 3149, Seventy-fifth Congress, second session, authorizing the Interstate Bridge Commission of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to reconstruct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across the Delaware River between points in the city of Port Jervis, Orange County, N. Y., and the Borough of Matamoras, Pike County, Pa

HARRY H. WOODRING,

Secretary of War.

H. Repts., 75–8, vol. 259

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., January 6, 1938. Hon. Royal S. COPELAND, Chairman, Committee on Commerce,

United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR: Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of December 21, transmitting a copy of a bill, S. 3149, with request that the committee be furnished with such suggestions touching its merits and the propriety of its passage as the Department might deem appropriate.

This bill would authorize the Interstate Bridge Commission of the States of New York and Pennsylvania to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge and approaches thereto across the Delaware River between points in the city of Port Jervis, Orange County, N. Y., and the borough of Matamoras, Pike County, Pa. The bill is without objection so far as this Department is concerned. Sincerely,

M. L. WILBON, Acting Secretary.

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TOLL BRIDGE ACROSS COLUMBIA RIVER AT ASTORIA,

OREG.

May 3, 1938.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

Mr. LEA, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 3213)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 3213) to amend the act entitled "An act authorizing the Oregon-Washington board of trustees to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Columbia River at Astoria, Clátsop County, Oreg.”, approved June 13, 1934, as amended, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War and Agriculture Departments, as will appear by the letters attached, addressed to chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, and printed in Senate Report No. 1412 of the Seventy-fifth Congress.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, January 18, 1938. Hon. ROYAL S. COPELAND, Chairman, Committee on Commerce,

United States Senate, Washington, D. C. Dear SENATOR COPELAND: The Department is in receipt of your letter of January 12, 1938, enclosing a copy of S. 3213, Seventy-fifth Congress, third session, entitled “A bill to amend the act entitled 'An Act authorizing the OregonWashington board of trustees to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Columbia River at Astoria, Clatsop County, Oreg.,' approved June 13, 1934, as amended,” and requesting such suggestions as the Department may deem proper touching the merits of the bill and propriety of its passage.

The bill proposes to amend the act of June 13, 1934, entitled "An act authorizing the Oregon-Washington bridge board of trustees to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Columbia River at Astoria, Clatsop County, Oreg., approved June 13, 1934, as amended,” so as to empower the board of trustees to issue bonds or other securities payable from and secured by bridge revenues for the purpose of financing the construction of said bridge.

So far as the interests, committed to this Department are concerned, there is no objection to the favorable consideration by Congress of this bill. Sincerely yours,

HARRY H. WOODRING,

Secretary of War

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., January 24, 1938. Hon. Royal S. COPELAND, Chairman, Committee on Commerce,

United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR: Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of January 12, transmitting a copy of a bill (S. 3213) with request that the committee be furnished with such suggestions touching its merits and the propriety of its passage as the Department might deem appropriate.

This bill would amend the last sentence of section 1 of the act of June 13, 1934 (48 Stat. 949), which authorized the Oregon-Washington bridge board of trustees to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Columbia River at Astoria, Oreg., so as to authorize said board of trustees to issue bonds or other securities payable from and secured by bridge revenues for the purpose of financing the construction of the bridge. The bill is without objection so far as this Department is concerned. Sincerely,

HARRY L. BROWN, Acting Secretary.

CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

In compliance with paragraph 2 (a) of Rule XIII of the rules of the House of Representatives, changes in existing law are indicated as follows (existing law in which no change is proposed is shown in roman; new matter is printed in italics):

(Public-No. 326—730 CONGRESS]

(S. 35021 AN ACT Authorizing the Oregon-Washington Bridge Board of Trustees to construct, maintain, and

operate a toll bridge across the Columbia River at Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to promote interstate commerce, improve the postal service, and provide for military and other purposes, Guy Boyington, judge of the county court of Clatsop County, Oregon, and his successors in office, J. C. Ten Brook, mayor of the city of Astoria, Oregon, and his successors in office, and L. D. Williams, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners of Pacific County, Washington, and his successors in office, all as trustees, are hereby authorized to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge and approaches thereto across the Columbia River, at a point suitable to the interests of navigation, at Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon, in accordance with the provisions of the Act entitled "An Act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters," approved March 23, 1906, and subject to the conditions and limitations contained in this Act; and said trustees shall own and hold said bridge in trust for Clatsop County, Oregon, Pacific County, Washington, and the city of Astoria, Oregon; said trustees being known as and functioning as the OregonWashington Bridge Board of Trustees, and serving without compensation. Said board of trustees is hereby granted the power to issue bonds or other securities payable from and secured by bridge revenues for the purpose of financing the construction of the said bridge and the right to assign, transfer, and mortgage all the rights, powers, and privileges conferred by this Act.

SEC. 2. There is hereby conferred upon said board of trustees all such rights and powers to enter upon lands and to acquire, condemn, occupy, possess, and use real estate and other property needed for the location, construction, maintenance, and operation of such bridge and its approaches as are possessed by railroad corporations for railroad purposes or by bridge corporations for bridge purposes in the State in which such real estate or other property is situated, upon making just compensation therefor, to be ascertained and paid according to the laws of such State, and the proceedings therefor shall be the same as in the condemnation or expropriation of property for public purposes in such State.

Sec. 3. The said board of trustees is hereby authorized to fix and charge tolls for transit over such bridge, and the rates of toll so fixed shall be the legal rates until changed by the Secretary of War under the authority contained in the Act of March 23, 1906.

Sec. 4. In fixing the rates of toll to be charged for the use of such bridge the same shall be so adjusted as to provide a fund sufficient to pay for the reasonable cost of maintaining, repairing, and operating the bridge and its approaches under economical management, and to provide a sinking fund sufficient to amortize the cost of such bridge and its approaches, including reasonable interest and financing cost, as soon as possible, under reasonable charges, but within a period of not to exceed twenty-five years from the completion thereof. After a sinking fund sufficient for such amortization shall have been so provided, such bridge shall thereafter be maintained and operated free of tolls, or the rates of toll shall thereafter be so adjusted as to provide a fund of not to exceed the amount necessary for the proper maintenance, repair, and operation of the bridge and its approaches under economical management. An accurate record of the cost of the bridge and its approaches; the expenditures for maintaining, repairing, and operating the same; and of the daily tolls collected shall be kept and shall be available for the information of all persons interested.

Sec. 5. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved. Approved June 13, 1934.

(PUBLIC_No. 411–74TH CONGRESS)

(H. R. 9070) AN ACT To authorize the construction of certain bridges and to extend the times for commencing and/or

completing the construction of other bridges over the navigable waters of the United States, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

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COLUMBIA RIVER AT ASTORIA, OREGON

Sec. 15. That the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Columbia River, at Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon, authorized to be built by the Oregon-Washington Bridge Board of Trustees by an Act of Congress approved June 13, 1934, are hereby extended one and three years, respectively, from June 13, 1935.

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Sec. 33. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved.

Approved, August 30, 1935.

(PUBLIC_No. 428-74TH CONGRESS)

(S. 3245) AN ACT To extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the co

lumbia River at Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Columbia River, at Astoria, Ĉlatsop County, Oregon, authorized to be built by the Oregon-Washington Bridge Board of Trustees by an Act of Congress approved June 13, 1934, are hereby extended one and three years, respectively, from June 13, 1936.

Sec. 2. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserved. Approved, January 27, 1936.

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