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BREAKING NEWS: Water Bill Passes Committee – Heads to Full House

Bipartisan vote supports water security for farms and rural communities

Washington, February 16, 2012 | Andrew House ((202) 225-2523)

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 efforts are greatly appreciated by the people who have suffered under government-imposed water shortages,” said Rep. Devin Nunes.

 “Today’s action sends a strong message to the people of California that House Republicans are fighting to deliver water, jobs, and security to their communities. Our work today comes after years of negligence by Democratic super-majorities and is the first step in keeping our promise to Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley residents,” Nunes continued.

During the prolonged committee markup, bill opponents complained about the complexity of the issue and the lack of time they had to consider it.  However, the most vocal critics of the bill were the same lawmakers who refused to offer their own plan or allow debate of the Nunes plan during Democratic super-majorities.

“This bill is a remarkable North-South compromise that will protect all water users. Those who continue to obstruct the bill are being exposed for their extreme views. This is particularly true of California’s Senators who have yet to offer any alternatives to H.R. 1837. Feinstein and her allies can kill H.R. 1837, they can write their own bill and pass it or they can continue to do nothing. Whatever they choose, they will have to defend their position to the people of California. There will be no more hiding,” said Nunes.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act has broad support from throughout the state. Cities, counties, and water districts from Kern County to the Oregon border have endorsed the bill.

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