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Secretary Laird, legislators, and organizations react to Senator Feinstein’s introduction of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015

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On Wednesday, Senators Feinstein and Boxer introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015.  Here are reactions from elected officials and organizations, listed in alphabetical order: From the California Water Alliance: “”Now that California senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have a bill introduced, both parties have their ideas on the table and negotiations can begin in […]

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Reactions: Legislators and organizations react to introduction of House GOP water bill

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Yesterday, Congressman David Valadao, along with fellow Republicans and Democrat Jim Costa, introduced the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015.  (Click here for press release.) Here are reactions from legislators and organizations: Northern delegation statement on House GOP water bill: Northern California Representatives Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Doris Matsui (CA-06), and Mark […]

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This just in … Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Legislation to Improve Western Water Reliability

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From the office of Rep. David Valadao: On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced a bill to modernize water policies in California and throughout the entire Western United States with the support of the entire California Republican delegation, the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Chairman of the Western Caucus.H.R. 2898, the Western Water […]

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Rep. Jared Huffman wants your input on the California drought

Folsom Lake aerial view during the drought shows an inoperable launch ramp and dock  on September 5th, 2014.

From Rep. Jared Huffman: “California is hurting. In response to the worst drought in our state’s long memory, our public institutions—with one unfortunate exception—are stepping up. Governor Brown and the legislature passed long-overdue groundwater and sustainable water investments through last year’s $7.5 billion water bond. Local governments and water districts are launching conservation plans to preserve dwindling water supplies. The […]

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Congressmembers Napolitano, Garamendi, Capps, and Huffman Reintroduce “W21: Water in the 21st Century” Legislation

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From the office of Congresswoman Grace Napolitano: Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), John Garamendi (CA-03), Lois Capps (CA-24), and Jared Huffman (CA-02) joined 22 of their Democratic colleagues to reintroduce H.R. 291,“W21: Water in the 21st Century,” to help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help local water agencies, residents, and […]

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

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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 federal water agencies, fishing interests, […]

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This just in … House Passes Valadao Emergency Water Legislation

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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 threatening California. The legislation would […]

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This just in … The Brown Administration opposes HR 5781

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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 to implement a long-term, broad-based […]

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

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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 out today’s Daily Digest.  (Note: […]

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