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House Passes FY 17 Interior Appropriations Bill

Legislation Includes Valadao Drought Provisions

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Washignton, July 14, 2016 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Today, the House passed the FY17 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The legislation provides $32.095 billion in funding for the Department of the Interior, the EPA, the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and related agencies.
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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The legislation provides $32.095 billion in funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and various independent and related agencies.

In addition to reining in regulatory overreach, the legislation, includes provisions added to the bill by U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) during Full Committee Markup last month.

Stemming from his legislation, H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, the Valadao drought provisions within the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill aim to provide relief to Californians suffering from severe drought conditions, exacerbated by excessive federal regulations. Valadao’s provisions will increase the capture and delivery of water to towns and fields, helping to provide immediate and long term relief for distressed communities.

“Today’s vote marks the third appropriations bill that has included solutions to California’s water crisis,” said Congressman Valadao. He went on, “Regardless of attempts made by Democrats to evade addressing our water crisis under the guise of arbitrary procedural requests, I will continue to pursue every single legislative avenue available until my constituents have the water they so desperately need.”

H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 was passed by the House on Thursday, July 14, 2016 by a vote of 231 to 196.

More information on Rep. Valadao's legislation, H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 can be found here

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties. 

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