Nation: Hoyden's Rough Rider

In the 55 years that he has represented Arizona on Capitol Hill, Carl Hayden, 90, has been nothing if not patient. For the past two decades, Hayden has been polishing legislation to authorize a Central Arizona Project, a vast network of dams and waterways to irrigate his arid state. In deference to his seniority and his power as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the Senate has passed his Arizona bills three times—most recently last August when, despite their economizing mood, his colleagues approved a $1.2 billion appropriation for the project, along with five...

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