Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 55 years ago today, January 18, 1961, Senator John F. Kennedy's Senate office released a statement in regard to the Eisenhower Administration's proposed budget change in the "all important field of power and reclamation."
The statement points out that the Administration's proposal for 42 new reclamation starts is a "complete reversal" of President Eisenhower's previous policy and indicates the Senator believes the reason might be political in an election year.
JFK's statement cited the Green Peter Dam* in Oregon and the Yellowtail Dam** in Montana as examples where previously the Republican administration had declined financial support.
The statement read...
"The deficiencies of the Administration in this field are firmly established (but)...at least (this is) a small step forward."
*Green Peter Dam and Reservoir is located on the Middle Santiam River in Linn County, Oregon. It was completed in 1967.
**Yellowtail Dam is located on the Bighorn River in central Montana. Construction began in 1961 and was completed in 1967. It was named in honor of Robert Yellowtail, chairman of the Crow Nation in the 1940s, despite the fact he opposed the government purchase of land to build the dam.
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, January 1960, www.jfklibrary.org/
John F. Kennedy 1960 Campaign Calendar, by Michelle Morrissette, www.forum.assassinationofjfk.net/