The US House Approves Controversial Water Bill



Share | |
(Washington, DC)
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The drought has brought a decades old California water struggle to the attention of the nation's lawmakers. The debate brought bitter accusations within the California delegation. Republicans claim environmentalists care more about fish than farmers. Doug LaMalfa of Richvale says Democrats aren't offering any solutions.

“The minority has offered amendments that would do nothing to address this crisis. Indeed their proposals would only put more roadblocks and more red tape between Californians and the water they need.”

Democrats accuse the GOP of trying to undercut California’s Constitution. Elk Grove Democratic Ami Bera says he's still hoping Congress can come up with something better.

“This is just a horrible bill – this is just a water grab. Taking water from one community where it doesn’t exist in Northern California to give to another community, that’s not solving or creating new water.”

The House passed bill isn't expected to go anywhere in the Democratic controlled Senate. 

 


 

Read HR 3964 Here


 

Twitter Discussion:

Related Stories

  • Water Use Drops In Sacramento Region in September

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Overall water use decreased again in September compared to last year in the Sacramento region. Water providers are also pumping less groundwater, despite a heavier reliance on it in the drought.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California Still At Risk Of Floods During Drought

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.

We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter

We Get Support From:

Become a Supporter