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California Republican Delegation Expresses Grave Concern Over Proposed Interim Operations Plan for the CVP and SWP

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California Republican Delegation Expresses Grave Concern Over Proposed Interim Operations Plan for the CVP and SWP WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman David G. Valadao led the entire California Republican Delegation in sending a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo expressing grave concerns with the proposed interim operations plan for the Central Val...

Congressman David G. Valadao Introduces Three Amendments to Alleviate California Drought

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Today, Congressman David G. Valadao introduced three amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which funds various federal agencies. Each of which would make strides toward alleviating the devastating California drought. The House Committee on Appropriations is responsible for appropriating funding for most of the functions of the federal government.

Congressman David G. Valadao and Sanger State Senator Melissa Hurtado Send Governor Newsom Letter Urging Consideration for Central Valley Counties in Drought Decisions

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Today, Congressman David G. Valadao and California State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) sent Governor Newsom a letter to ensure that Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Tulare counties, whose jobs depend directly on farms, are given full consideration when contemplating actions to mitigate the negative impacts of a second year of a critically severe and dangerous drought. President Biden’s Interagency Working Group was copied on the letter.

Congressman David G. Valadao Demands Governor Newsom Urgently Issue Statewide Declaration of Emergency due to Severe Drought Conditions

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“It is not a secret that we find ourselves dealing yet again with a major drought,” said Congressman Valadao. “It is imperative we do all we can as elected leaders to ensure our constituents, and the communities they live in, have access to the resources they need during this time, namely water. In order for all of us affected by this critical situation to get through it, we need the state government to be willing to help out as well. We cannot rely on the federal government alone. Please step up to the challenge and provide this designation so our farmers, agriculture workers, and communities can have some certainty and stability in an otherwise tumultuous and scary time.”

Congressman David G. Valadao Cosponsors Resolution Supporting the Navigable Waters Protection Rule

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“As a lifelong farmer, I know firsthand the challenges government overreach places on the day-to-day operations of farms and businesses,” said Congressman Valadao. “It is critical Congress affirms the importance of prioritizing clean water and defends the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. This commonsense rule protects the quality of American waters and lands while ensuring the prosperity of farms and businesses.”

Congressman David G. Valadao Statement on Bureau of Reclamation’s Updated Central Valley Project 2021 Water Allocation

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“I am concerned and disappointed to learn of the Bureau of Reclamation’s decision to suspend the already low South-of-Delta 5% allocation,” said Congressman Valadao. “The Central Valley farming community has survived not only devastating drought conditions and burdensome regulations for decades, but also a global pandemic; however, our farms cannot survive without greater water allocations for South-of-Delta agriculture. Halting the allocation entirely is simply irresponsible. It is critical that allocations of California’s water supply reflect the needs of our farms so they may continue to produce the food our nation relies on.”

Congressman David G. Valadao Statement on the Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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“I am proud to protect our Dreamers. My Congressional District is home to more than 7,000 DACA recipients. These young people go to work, attend school, pay taxes, and are actively involved in our communities. We must ensure that people who were brought here as children through no fault their own and call the United States home are welcome here."

Congressman David G. Valadao Co-Sponsors Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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“As the son of immigrants and lifelong dairy farmer, I know firsthand how desperately our agriculture workforce needs meaningful reform,” said Congressman Valadao. “Many industries in the Central Valley rely heavily on immigrant labor. Our farm workers are absolutely critical to our collective mission of reliably feeding America, yet many live in fear due to an inability to gain legal status through our broken immigration system. Ensuring that our essential farm workers already in the states receive legal status, while also simplifying and streamlining the process for future farm workers to do the same, is just common sense.”

California Republican Delegation Urges Biden Administration to Ensure Continued California Water Supply

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Today, Congressman David G. Valadao and the entire California Republican delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) to emphasize California’s water needs and to express strong support for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s new coordinated long-term operations plan for the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the California State Water Project (SWP). This includes the associated biological opinions developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) within the Interior and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) within Commerce that were completed last year.