Friday, January 24, 2014

Water crisis update

This week Speaker of the House John Boehner joined Rep. McCarthy, Rep. Valadao, and myself at the Starrh farm in Bakersfield to plead our case for more water for Central Valley farmers and communities. We announced that we’ll be submitting legislation in Congress to take three actions to resolve the water crisis: 

·         Turn on the Delta pumps this year and next year to capture future rain events.

·         End restoration flows in the San Joaquin River for this year and next year in order to stop wasting water.

·         Establish a bipartisan, emergency joint committee from the House and Senate to devise a long-term legislative solution.

I’m confident most people would view this as a common-sense plan that will bring immediate relief to water-starved Californians and help find a permanent fix to the problem. Then again, you can always count on the extremists to denounce any constructive proposal even before it’s published. 

Separately, the Nunes Digest has been updated here for your weekend reading.