Three of the Central Valley’s Republican House members joined forces this week and introduced comprehensive legislation to address the severe drought issues plaguing the state. California Congressman David Valadao, House Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy, and Congressman Devin Nunes introduced The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (H. R. 3964) on January 29. The three members who have been leading the charge on this issue were also able to garner the support of the rest of the California GOP House delegation. Read Congressman Valadao’s press release.
The legislation was introduced in concept during a press conference that was held last week near Bakersfield with House Speaker John Boehner, where the Speaker announced his support of legislative action to help farmers mitigate drought issues.
In a related water story, Congressman Valadao’s office issued a press release today announcing that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor contacted him to announce that the agency decided to make 100% of the rescheduled water available to CVP farmers and contractors under the same conditions previously laid out in the Bureau’s December guidelines. In essence that means famers who invested in drought water supplies last year will have access to the water they planned for this year.
Commissioner Connor’s decision was prompted by a letter that Congressmen Valadao, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Jim Costa and Senator Dianne Feinstein sent this week warning that the Bureau should not consider withholding or halting water deliveries to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.
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