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FLOOD RELIEF, MISSISSIPPI RIVER

MESSAGE

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

A SUPPLEMENTAL ESTIMATE OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL

YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1929, FOR THE WAR DEPARTMENT, FOR FLOOD RELIEF, MISSISSIPPI RIVER $1,500,000

FEBRUARY 13, 1928.–Read; referred to the Committee on Appropriations and

ordered to be printed

THE WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, February 11, 1928. The PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith for the consideration of Congress a supplemental estimate of appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1929, for the War Department, for flood relief, Mississippi River, $1,500,000.

The details of this estimate, the necessity therefor, and the reasons for its submission at this time, are set forth in the letter of the Director of the Bureau of the Budget transmitted herewith, with whose comments and observations thereon I concur. Respectfully,

CALVIN COOLIDGE.

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,

Washington, February 10, 1928. The PRESIDENT.

SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith for your consideration an estimate of appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1929, for the War Department for Flood relief, Mississippi River...

$1,500,000 SD—70-1-vol 24- -53

Under the provisions of the flood control act approved March 1, 1917, no expenditures for levee work can be made by the Mississippi River Commission unless local interests contribute one-third the cost thereof. During the flood fight of 1927 levees had to be protected and strengthened, and after the waters had subsided the crevasses had to be closed. The Mississippi River Commission in due course called on the levee boards and districts for their contributions toward the cost of this work, but the emergency was such that work could not be delayed until these contributions were actually received. Some of the levee boards duly made their contributions in accordance with the act of 1917; others did not, claiming inability to do so on account of financial losses incident to the flood. The delinquent levee boards were informed by the Mississippi River Commission that it had no power to waive the obligation of contributions and would have to ultimately collect the money due under the law unless Congress should enact relief legislation. The levee boards which had duly met their obligations were told by the commission that in the event of relief legislation by Congress, recommendation would be made for the reimbursement of their contributions.

As the matter now stands, emergency levee construction and repair work on the lower Mississippi River, due to the 1927 flood, will cost about $8,100,000, of which local interests have contributed to date only about $1,500,000, although they should have contributed about $2,700,000. The local levee boards which have failed to make contributions still claim inability to do so, and the Mississippi River Commission recommends that the United States assume responsibility for all expenditures incident to emergency levee work on the lower Mississippi on account of the 1927 flood, releasing from their obligations those levee boards which have not met their contributions and returning the contributions to those who have met them. The Chief of Engineers of the Army and the Secretary of War concur in this recommendation and state that such action would place all levee districts on a parity and be of material assistance in their financial recovery from the effects of the flood.

The first deficiency act, fiscal year 1928, approved December 22, 1927, appropriated $7,000,000 for reimbursement of the appropriation "Flood control, Mississippi River" and the appropriation “Maintenance and improvement of existing river and harbor works" for amounts expended therefrom for emergency levee work on the lower Mississippi on account of the flood of 1927. This legislation placed the appropriations of the Mississippi River Commission in the same position they would have been if the flood had not occurred. It does not afford any financial relief to the local levee boards.

The language of the above estimate of appropriation provides that the provisions of the flood control act approved March 1, 1917, in so far as they forbid expenditures by the Mississippi River Commission for levee work unless local interests contribute one-third the cost thereof, shall not apply to emergency levee work done, or to be done, on account of the flood of 1927. The effect of this language, when enacted into law, will be to release local interests from contributing to the cost of levee work incident to the flood of 1927 and necessitate the refundment of such contributions as have previously been made by such interests.

The object of the estimate of appropriation herewith submitted is to accomplish the above purpose and enable the Secretary of War to make refundment of such contributions as may have been made by local interests.

The above estimate of appropriation is necessary to meet a contingency which has occurred since the transmission of the Budget for the fiscal year 1929. I recommend that it be transmitted to Congress. Very respectfully,

H. M. LORD, Director of the Bureau of the Budget.

Supplemental estimate of appropriation required for the service of the fiscal year

ending June 30, 1929, by the War Department Flood relief, Mississippi River: For the reimbursement of funds con

tributed by local interests to the Mississippi River Commission, and used for emergency levee construction and repair work on the lower Mississippi River on account of the flood of 1927, such sum as may be necessary, not to exceed $1,500,000, the same to be immediately available and to be expended by the Mississippi River Commission: Provided, That the provisions of the flood control act approved Mar. 1, 1917, in so far as they forbid expenditures by the Mississippi River Commission for levee work unless local interests contribute one-third the cost thereof, shall not apply to emergency levee work done, or to be done, on account of the food of 1927 (submitted).

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NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS,

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.

COMMUNICATION

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANBMITTING

SUPPLEMENTAL ESTIMATE OF APPROPRIATION FOR THE FISCAL

YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1929, FOR THE CONSTRUOTION OF A MESS HALL AT THE PACIFIC BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS, SANTA MONICA, QALIF., AMOUNTING TO $200,000

FEBRUARY 16 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 17), 1928.–Read; referred to the

Committee on Appropriations, and ordered to be printed

THE WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, February 16, 1928. The PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. · SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith for the consideration of Congress a supplemental estimate of appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1929, for the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, for construction of a mess hall at the Pacific Branch, Santa Monica, Calif., $200,000.

The details of this estimate, the necessity therefor, and the reasons for its submission at this time, are set forth in the letter of the Director of the Bureau of the Budget transmitted herewith, with whose comments and observations thereon I concur. Respectfully,

CALVIN COOLIDGE.

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,

Washington, February 15, 1928. SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith for your consideration an estimate of appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1929, for the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers forPacific Branch, Santa Monica, Calif., construction of mess hall....-- $200,000

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