DiFi Strikes Again!
There's always a reason she can't get it done, but it's never her fault, of course.
Dec 10, 2015
There's always a reason Dianne Feinstein can't get a water deal done. She always says she will help farmers get more water pumped from the Delta to their farms. But, it just never seems to happen. The House of Representatives has passed a number of drought relief bills that need to be taken up by the Senate. They can't get through the Senate without the approval of Senators Feinstein and Boxer. This Senate dance has been going on for over 20 years, but especially since February 11th of 2014 when Boxer and Feinstein introduced their Senate Drought Relief Bill. We wrote about it in March of 2014 (Keeping Track of DiFi's Drought Bill). We wrote then and we can write just about every time DiFi says she will do anything about water that "she has a way of looking like she's getting things done without ever getting them done."
In April of 2014 DiFi was blaming Republicans for the lack of action (Feinstein Pleads for GOP Votes on California Drought Bill). If she's pleading for GOP votes, it's because the deal is no good. By May we wrote that "she managed to introduce a bill that neither Democrats or Republicans could support." This is always the way it is with Senator Feinstein. There's always a reason she can't get it done, but it's never her fault, of course.
We will not take the time to go through everything that's happened since. Let's just fast forward to now where the Senator has repeated the same pattern. Again, it's the Republicans fault saying, "I am told it was proposed in my name, which I did not approve. This is regrettable, not only because I believe we remain close to an agreement on a broader bill, but also because it stands in opposition to my desire to do a bill in an open and public manner."
The one piece of important water legislation the Senator has managed to pass is the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement. It's one of the major reasons the east side of the Valley is going dry. Even the Senator has admitted it is flawed legislation, but has yet to do anything about it.
Feinstein-McCarthy clash dooms prospects for California drought legislation
A closed-door attempt to rewrite California water law crashed late last week in a public row between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that could doom drought legislation for yet another year. A small cadre of San Joaquin Valley Republicans, including McCarthy, who hold top House leadership posts had been in talks with Feinstein for months to meld two starkly different approaches to California’s water shortages. The intention was to fuse a bill by Feinstein, co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., that calls for spending on desalination, recycling, new dams and habitat protection, with a House-passed bill that would mainly move more water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta south to farms and cities by overriding federal and state fish protections. ... ” Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here: Feinstein-McCarthy clash dooms prospects for California drought legislation for another year
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