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Dec 09 2014

This just in … NorCal Congress members vote against drought act; say legislation would gut environmental protections, not help drought

From Congressman Garamendi’s website: U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-05), George Miller (D-11), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), and John Garamendi (D-03) today voted against H.R. 5781, so-called “California Emergency Drought Relief Act.” The legislation, introduced on December 2nd, was sent to the House Floor without any committee review or input from any state or …

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Dec 09 2014

This just in … House Passes Valadao Emergency Water Legislation

From Congressman Valadao’s office: Washington – On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at providing immediate emergency drought relief to California. H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act was introduced on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Rep. David G. Valadao (CA-21) to improve the dire drought conditions currently …

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Dec 09 2014

This just in … The Brown Administration opposes HR 5781

Received via email: Writing on behalf of the State of California, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird today issued a formal opposition letter to HR5781. The text of the letter is pasted below: “In the last twelve months, the Brown Administration has dealt with the most extreme three-year drought of modern times, while trying …

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Dec 09 2014

HR 5781, The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, likely to be voted on this morning

The House will begin it’s legislative business at 9:00 am PST /12:00 pm EST for legislative business. A vote is likely on HR 5781.  First votes expected around 10:00am PST.  First up on the schedule appears to be complete consideration of HR 5781. Click here to watch the webcast. For more on HR 5781, check …

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Dec 08 2014

House to debate HR 5781 at 11am PST (2 pm EST)

At 11am PST (2pm EST), the House will convene for legislative business and debate HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 for one hour. However, The Hill blog notes that there will be no roll call votes in the House on Monday since the chamber was not originally scheduled to be in …

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Dec 07 2014

The House Rules Committee debates HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014

The only debate on HR 5781 California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 apparently was in the House Rules Committee hearing on December 3. The Rules Committee, chaired by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), acts as the legislative gatekeeper, deciding for how long and under what rules the full body will debate the proposition. Congressman Valadao …

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Dec 06 2014

Saturday special: Federal drought legislation update: Environmental Water Caucus, Latino Water Coalition write letters; Obama threatens veto

On Tuesday, Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, introduced new federal drought legislation, HR 5781, as a last-ditch effort to get federal legislation passed before the end of the year: Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan Emergency Water Legislation Reactions  … Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John …

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Dec 03 2014

This just in … Northern California Delegation Statement on Flawed, Discriminatory House Republican Water Bill: Members say, “The drought does not stop at the edge of congressional districts.”

  Received via email: Today, Northern California Representatives Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John Garamendi (D-03), and Ami Bera (D-07) released the following statement regarding the House Republican water bill introduced last night: “With just a few days left in the legislative session, the House …

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Dec 03 2014

This just in … House to vote on drought bill next week

From the office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, after announcing that it will be scheduled for a vote on the House floor next week: “California is facing the worst drought in a century, which has led to …

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Dec 02 2014

This just in … Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan Emergency Water Legislation

From Congressman Valadao’s office (via email): “On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), with the support of California House Republicans, introduced water legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at providing short- term relief from California’s water crisis. Since May, House Republicans have been working to find a bipartisan compromise between …

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Nov 21 2014

Senator Feinstein issues statement on drought negotiations: “Although we have made progress, it has become clear that we will be unable to present an agreed-upon proposal before Congress adjourns this year.”

From Senator Feinstein’s office: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on progress toward a bipartisan bill to address California’s ongoing drought: “Over the past several weeks I have been working closely with members of the California delegation who expressed interest in reaching a bipartisan agreement on legislation to address California’s drought crisis …

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Sep 10 2014

Congressman Ami Bera backs bill blocking funding for twin tunnels (BDCP)

From Congressman Ami Bera: Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. introduced a bill today with his colleagues Congressmen Jerry McNerney and John Garamendi to block FY 2015 federal funds from being used for California’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). California has asked the federal government to contribute nearly $4 billion to help it implement the BDCP. “The BDCP …

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Aug 01 2014

This just in … Boxer, Feinstein, Napolitano, DeFazio Introduce “W21: Water in the 21st Century” Legislation

From Congresswoman Grace Napolitano’s website: ” U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today introduced “W21: Water in the 21st Century,” legislation that would help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help residents, …

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Jul 31 2014

This just in … GOP releases statement on drought negotiations: Progress made but negotiations to continue

From Congressman David Valadao’s office: On Thursday, July 31, 2014, Members of the California Republican Delegation (Reps. LaMalfa (CA-01), McClintock (CA-04), Denham (CA-10), Valadao (CA-21), Nunes (CA-22), McCarthy (CA-23), Calvert (CA-42)) issued the following statement regarding current negotiations between the House of Representatives and the Senate to address the California drought: “California’s drought continues to …

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Jul 30 2014

News Worth Noting: Pacific Institute fact sheet on ag water conservation and efficiency, DFW asking landowners to report waterfowl mortality, House passes the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act

Fact Sheet Illustrates Multiple Benefits of Water Conservation and Efficiency for California Agriculture: “A new fact sheet and infographic from the Pacific Institute illustrate how water-efficiency strategies provide important benefits to farmers, ecosystems, and society.  California farmers have made progress in updating and modernizing irrigation practices, but despite past efforts, great untapped potential remains to …

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