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H.R. 7207, The Raker Bill, August 5, 1913

Introduced by Congressman John Raker (D-CA), H.R. 7207, also known as the Raker Bill and the Hetch Hetchy Bill, granted San Francisco the right to dam the Hetch Hetchy Valley within Yosemite National Park. The House passed the bill with little debate. The Senate, however, debated the measure extensively before passing the legislation on December 6, 1913. President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill into law on December 19.

RG 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

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