House expected to approve water bill this week
July 10, 2017
• Both California U.S. Senators oppose it
• “Valadao’s bill would set back the progress made to find a balanced solution to California’s drought”
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives this week is expected to approve H.R. 23, the so-called “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act” that is written by Hanford Republican Davis Valadao.
Unless blocked in the Senate, the bill is expected to sail to final approval within weeks.
But before then, it might run into some stormy opposition from California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
“California’s Central Valley helps feed the world. It deserves sensible and responsible water solutions—this measure doesn't even come close to meeting that test,” they say in a joint statement.
The two Democrats say the Republican legislation would preempt existing California environmental laws and regulations, “giving the Trump administration greater control over water management in our state.”
They says Mr. Valadao’s bill ignores science and would eliminate existing biological opinions required under the Endangered Species Act.
“Congressman Valadao’s bill would set back the progress made to find a balanced solution to California’s drought. If this bill passes the House of Representatives, we will fight to defeat it in the Senate,” the lawmakers say.