Reclamation Policy

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Reclamation Policy and the 1948 Campaign

Federal reclamation policy, long considered outside partisan politics, is assuming some of the aspects of a major sectional issue in this year's party battle for the West. President Truman, seeking to capitalize on western dissatisfaction with cuts in budget estimates for water and power projects, has charged the Republican-controlled 80th Congress with “sabotaging the reclamation program.” Gov. Dewey has accused the President of misrepresenting the action of Congress, and other Republicans have charged mismanagement, inefficiency and waste in Democratic administration of the program. The voters of the 17 reclamation states to whom these charges are addressed cast ten million ballots in the presidential election of 1944.1

The primary purpose of the federal reclamation program, instituted in 1902 under the leadership ...

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