Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Comments on tomorrow's water rally

Although I’ll be in Washington, I hope there will be a good turnout at the water rally slated for tomorrow at 6:30 pm at Tulare’s International Agri-Center. I was surprised, however, to see that the event’s sponsors include Friant Water Authority and other groups that have not supported H.R. 3964, which is the only California water bill this Congress has passed in either the House or the Senate. As the event flyer makes clear, a zero-allocation in the East Side is a major problem – so why don’t these groups back the one bill that will finally resolve the water crisis? 

Let’s take a short stroll down memory lane: here is a letter I sent to Friant farmers in 2008 casting doubt on Friant’s claim that the San Joaquin River Settlement would provide water “certainty” and end litigation by environmental activists. (Yes, Friant lawyers and lobbyists actually made that argument.) And here is a letter I sent earlier this year reminding farmers that Friant did not support the previous House-passed water bill, H.R. 1837.  

It’s possible that Friant will be persuaded at tomorrow’s rally to support the House bill or to finally reveal its own proposed solution to the water crisis – but I doubt it. (If you missed them, you can see clips of me arguing for H.R. 3964 on the House floor here.)  

We could really use allies who stand up and fight for Central Valley water rights – because we’re not only battling the left-wing politicians, and the environmentalist activists, and the lawyers, and the judges, and the bureaucrats, but the media, too. Here’s a great example: a supposed news story by the L.A. Times essentially advocating the confiscation of all our remaining water. It reads like a press release from the National Resources Defense Council.      

As shown in the past, attempts to appease these radicals don’t work – those efforts always end up with us getting less water. The only option left is to fight. And for me, the fight goes on – as it does for countless thirsty families and farmers throughout the Valley.

Friday, March 21, 2014

San Joaquin Valley tells DC: “We need water!”

I’d like to thank the several thousand Central Valley residents who joined me and other Members of Congress on Wednesday for a water rally in Fresno. It was a great, energized crowd, and it sent a loud and clear message to the Senate, the Governor, the President, and the nation that we can’t wait any longer for action on the water crisis. Afterward, the House Natural Resources Committee held a field hearing on the crisis before a standing-room only audience.

You can read my opening remarks from the hearing here, and listen to Ray Appleton, John Batchelor, and I discuss the day’s events here. Additionally, you can watch a Fox News report on the rally and hearing by clicking on the picture below:
Separately, the Nunes Digest is updated for your weekend reading here.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

The smelt strike again

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld restrictions on water allocations meant to protect the Delta smelt. I comment on this obnoxious  ruling in a news report here, and I discuss it with John Batchelor here.

The water crisis will be the topic of a House Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Fresno on Wednesday, March 19. At 9:00 a.m., just before the hearing, I will join other Members of Congress for a water rally at the Fresno City Council Chambers at 2600 Fresno Street. If you want to show your support for more water for the Central Valley, come to the rally with signs, friends, and family.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tulare farmer explains water crisis, and don't forget to listen to KMJ at 11

Mark Watte Zina Saunders

For a good summary of the California water crisis, read the Wall Street Journal’s interview with Tulare farmer Mark Watte at this link.

Separately, remember to tune in to KMJ 580 am today at 11:00 am PST to hear Ray Appleton and I discuss the water issue and our field hearing in Fresno next Wednesday. Listen live here.   

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tune in to KMJ580 Appleton show Monday 11 am

I’ll be discussing the latest news on the water crisis with KMJ’s Ray Appleton on Monday at 11:00 am PST. (Listen live here.) We’ll talk about the upcoming field hearing on the crisis, which will be held on March 19 at 10:00 am at the Fresno City Council Chambers – I’m looking forward to speaking there.

Another topic that may come up is this letter, which I signed along with six other California Congressmen, urging the Senate to hold a hearing on the House water bill. The Senate has introduced a water bill, which is a small miracle in itself, but until it passes a bill, Congress cannot act on the issue.  

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