IRVINE, Calif. (December 10, 2016) -- Statement by Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif commending the Senate for its passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) and urging the President to quickly sign the bill into law:
“For the past several years, Californians have looked to Congress to help bring relief to drought-stricken communities up and down the state. We are thankful to Senator Feinstein and Senators from across the country who have remained diligent – in spite of intense political pressures – in their efforts to produce bipartisan legislation that provides temporary improvements to the operations of the Delta pumping plants while maintaining the integrity of the Endangered Species Act, as well as laying the foundation for long-term investments in the state.
“With passage of WIIN today, we commend the Senate for taking this important first step toward restoring the communities and livelihoods that have been devastated by a combination of Mother Nature and broken policies governing California’s water system.
“The focus now shifts to the White House. As President Obama considers the merits of WIIN, we point to the overwhelming support demonstrated by the House vote, including California representatives on both sides of the aisle and in all geographic regions, including the Delta. We urge the President to quickly sign this bill into law as too much time and water has already been wasted. Any further delay will only sentence Californians to another year of hardship if the runoff from upcoming winter rains cannot be judiciously diverted to storage.”
About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California and Colorado. Our members and their workers provide more than half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including half of America’s fresh organic produce. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.