Date: May 23, 2014

Statement of Dennis Nuxoll, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Western Growers, on the passage of the Emergency Drought Relief Act by the U.S. Senate:

“We are pleased that the drought bill has moved out of the Senate.  The effort by Senators Feinstein and Boxer to convince their Republican and Democratic colleagues of California’s pressing need for action has been commendable, and we applaud that significant effort.  We are also aware of Members of the California Republican House delegation to reach out to Senate Republicans to lend help and sincerely appreciate it. 

It is our strong belief that this spirit of cooperation among the Democratic and Republican Members of the California delegation to move on this Senate bill will carry over into the conference between both chambers.  Indeed, without such cooperation we know nothing will be accomplished.   

Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors spent all this week in Washington.  It was clear from every conversation we had on water that the concern over this issue has never been higher.  Our board members, some of whom are suffering already from the effects of the drought, are all convinced that the leaders who are going to be part of the conference negotiations are all resolved to accomplish something for the greater good. 

It is now time for solution-oriented work to begin in conference with the bill passed in the House of Representatives.  It is our hope that the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship prevail during that process.”

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