U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement in response to legislation introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein.
– Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement in response to legislation introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and Short-Term Provisions for Emergency Drought Relief Act:
“It has been more than two months since Senator Feinstein promised to release water legislation. Today, she finally introduced her drought relief proposal.
“The Senators legislation focuses on desalination, recycling, and protecting the Endangered Species Act (ESA). While these are admirable goals in areas such as San Francisco, this legislation will not provide those suffering from the drought with the water supply they so desperately need.
“Within her nine-page press release, Senator Feinstein states, “These provisions will help make the water delivery system more efficient during the drought, and do so without any mandated pumping levels.”
"Californians can no longer depend on federal and state bureaucrats to make decisions regarding water delivery. Mandated pumping levels are absolutely necessary to ensure a secure, reliable water supply to the areas most in need.
"With millions of gallons of water flowing out into the ocean every day, failing to increase water flows to the Central Valley is simply unacceptable. While Senator Feinstein’s legislation fails to provide real water to my constituents, I hope she is able to secure passage of the legislation in the Senate so that the two Chambers may go to Conference and reconcile the differences between both bills."
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st
Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.