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tlAGE 2B JEWELL COUNTY RECORD, MANKATO, KANSAS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, (;~tl~lretsman Bob Dole Speaks AtNatlonal REA Meeting San Francisco, Calif. +- Con- gressman Bob Dole (RKans) WliS the principal speaker at thi~ 25th Natioual Rural Elee. t~ Cooperative Association A#mtml Meeting in San Fran- c!see today. His topic was "Dreams and Realities for Rural Electrics itl ]967", and more specifically, prosl)ccts in the 90th Congress for passage of the REA supplclnental fi nancing bill. Dole stated that the REA supplemental financing hill will be at least as contrnver sial this year as it was ill 1966, for a number of reasons, "First," he said, "other de mends upon the federal gov ernment, and its resources, are increasing; hence, any all ditional REA financing frolll federal sources will be hard to COniC by. In addil.ion, in V~stor-owned utilities have some fear about, the firutncin~r proposal and certain bankers are opposed to creating arl R]gA bank." Dole emphasized that if a supp|emep&al financing bill is to:pass this year, certain f;w tolls must be considered. I. Support in Conffress from b($h political parties is a no fet+sity. ~, 100 percent opposition from commercial power corn pa~nles will endanger prospe('ts Of any bill being enacted. :3, Broad support, from tire groups of our citizens, is a necessity. 4. The National Rural Elec trie Cooperative Association must adopt a flexible policy baaed bosh on the realities of the situation and on the real) ~i1~ that no one segment of thts graft industry can have tke whole legislative cake. challenged those pre seat to Work with members of the House Agriculture Cl)m lrdttee to develop, if possibh,, ~olutions or compromises to niany of the problems which .~'ti!l eeJ'tainly arise during the ~urae of the hearings, l)oh, ~i a member of the Ihmsc ~mmittee on Agriculture and wlted for the REA prop