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  • Boehner calls for passage of California water rights bill
    Posted in News Articles on February 29, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a rare appearance on the House floor Wednesday afternoon to urge passage of a bill aimed at re-establishing water access for thousands of California residents and farmers that was blocked by the Obama administration's environmental regulations. The San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability act, H.R. 1837, is a GOP response to 2009 Obama administration regulations that restricted water flow to farms and communities in order to protect the Delta smelt, a small f... Read more

  • Americans for Tax Reform: Bill Puts Families Over Fish
    Posted in News Articles on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    The House is currently reviewing a bill that would restore water to tens of thousands of farmers in California. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, H.R. 1837, amends previous legislation in an effort to restore water to California’s Central Valley which drought has cost millions of acres of crops to parish, along with jobs and people’s livelihoods. California’s Central Valley has been receiving water from the Central Valley Project, a collection of canals, reservoirs, pumps ... Read more

  • IBD Editorial: Rep. Nunes Turns On California Spigot
    Posted in News Articles on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    Is sanity finally coming to California's Central Valley? America's breadbasket has long been victim of capricious water cutoffs to "save" the environment. A bill in Congress puts an end to this man-made drought. It should pass. Rep. Devin Nunes of Visalia, Calif., has come forward with a legislative remedy for the policies that have turned fertile fields into hollowed-out dust bowls in the name of "being green." Nunes' Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act goes to a vote in the House Wedn... Read more

  • WSJ Editorial: Protecting Endangered Farmers
    Posted in News Articles on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    Rick Santorum may have had a point the other day when he said that some environmentalists care more about animals than people. Take the water restrictions the federal government has imposed on California farmers to protect the three-inch delta smelt. Environmentalists have long complained that the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta's pumps, which send water to Central Valley farmers and southern California residents, trap and kill fish. In 2006 the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the U.S.... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: House can prevent Big Green’s California dust bowl
    Posted in News Articles on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    It’s highly unlikely but somewhere in America there may yet be a more heart-wrenching example of human misery caused by Big Green environmental extremism than the dust bowl that California’s Central Valley is becoming. Regardless, the House of Representatives has an opportunity today to put an end to the needless devastation wreaked upon America’s most fertile farmlands in order to protect the delta smelt, a three-inch fish found almost exclusively in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley estuary. B... Read more

  • BREAKING NEWS: Water Bill Passes Committee – Heads to Full House
    Posted in News Articles on February 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved on a bipartisan basis H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. The bill will restore the flow of water to farms and rural communities, while protecting the property rights of all Californians. It will also make unnecessary the construction of a $12 billion peripheral canal to bypass the Bay-Delta. “I commend the hard work of Chairman Doc Hastings, Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock, and Rep. Jeff Denham. Their eff... Read more

  • Federal Court Eviscerates Obama Water Policy
    Posted in News Articles on September 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture

    Today, Rep. Devin Nunes called on House leaders to use Congressional Oversight authority to investigate the abuses of the Department of Interior in light of a recent court ruling calling into question the integrity and leadership of the department. “The House should open an immediate investigation into the actions of Secretary Salazar and others at Interior in relation to California water policy. The recent U.S. District Court Ruling, citing illegal actions and abuse of power on the part of Inte... Read more

  • States Need to Make Public Disclosures of Their Unfunded Pension Liabilities
    Posted in News Articles on July 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform

    For far too long, states and municipalities spent above their means, creating massive structural budget deficits. To pay for programs and other services, states and municipalities relied on the municipal bond market and, more importantly, the federal government. For instance, in 2010, local governments received more than $650 billion in federal funds. In 2011, federal funds to states has dropped precipitously and, based on the fiscal position of the federal government, an increase in federal fun... Read more

  • Let The Sun Shine In On Public Pensions, Benefits
    Posted in News Articles on May 3, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget & Federal Spending, Government Reform

    As debates heat up in states across the country over budget shortfalls, more and more focus is being placed upon the runaway growth in health and pension benefits for state and local government workers. These excessive benefits are a major factor behind the exploding costs of government in many states. It is time to bring these costs under control before they completely overwhelm state and local budgets. Setting aside partisan rhetoric, it is clear that the pension and health benefits actually b... Read more

  • Republicans Weigh a Federal 'Reverse Auction' to Push Clean Energy
    Posted in News Articles on April 4, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    As House Republicans try to move energy legislation in "chunks," one piece has gone largely unnoticed: an attempt to fund renewable energy with maximum mileage for the federal dollar. The provision sits deep in H.R. 909, a bill Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) proposed in early March. Overall, the bill focuses on ramping up oil and gas production, oil shale and nuclear energy; it also cancels U.S. EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Some of the royalties and fees from the oil and gas producti... Read more