Yesterday, the House approved an amendment to an energy bill that includes drought relief legislation introduced by California Congressman David Valadao (CA-21).

The inclusion of the amendment in the previously passed Senate energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), provides impetus for discussions on drought related matters, particularly for California, but also for a multitude of several other Western states with critical drought related priorities. 

Jeff Janas

Yesterday, the International Trade Commission (ITC) released an analysis of the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on the U.S. economy. The release prompted Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif to issue a statement reiterating our support for the trade deal which would achieve a higher level of fairness between American farmers and their TPP trading partners through tariff reductions and potentially more favorable Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures.

Jeff Janas

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be considered exempt from overtime requirements (i.e., the so-called “white collar exemptions”).

Jeff Janas

Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on a package of Western water bills, demonstrating that Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski [R-AK] is still dedicated to identifying potential solutions to the ongoing drought crisis.

The group of bills heard by the Water and Power Subcommittee includes the revised California water legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] in February, as well as bills introduced by Senators Cory Gardner [R-CO], Harry Reid [D-NV] and Jeff Flake [R-AZ].

Jeff Janas

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