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

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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 (R-CA) began with his opening […]

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

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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 Garamendi (D-03), and Ami Bera […]

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Reactions: C-WIN, Golden Gate Salmon Association, and Restore the Delta react to federal drought legislation …

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From the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN): House “Drought Relief” Guts Environmental Protections, Does Not Mitigate Drought – Legislation Would Drain State Reservoirs for the Benefit of Corporate Farms: HR 5781, a bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives by Congressman David Valadao (R- Hanford), purports to solve California’s drought-induced water shortages. It will do nothing of the sort.  […]

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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.”

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  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 plans to pass yet another […]

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