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HR 23 passes House

Jul 12, 2017

This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed HR 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, by a vote of 230 to 190, largely along party lines. The bill now moves to the Senate, where Senators Feinstein and Harris have already stated their opposition.

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California water bill passes house, but Democrats vow to fight it in the Senate:  “Some of California’s decisions about how to use its water would be relegated to the federal government under a bill passed by the House on Wednesday.  Republicans say the bill will bring more water to the parched Central Valley. California’s Democratic senators have promised to fight the bill in the Senate because it weakens California’s ability to manage its own resources.  The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, sponsored by Central Valley Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford), was approved in the House by a 230-190 vote largely along party lines. … ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  California water bill passes house, but Democrats vow to fight it in the Senate

House passes California drought bill:  “The House passed a bill on Wednesday that California Republicans say will help the state fight future droughts.  The legislation, from Rep. David Valadao (R) and 14 other California Republicans, looks to expand water storage and improve water delivery as a way to get more water to the state’s Central Valley during times of drought. The bill overhauls federal regulations and permitting procedures that supporters say have hamstrung California and other states in the West that have faced persistent drought concerns.  … ”  Read more from The Hill here:  House passes California drought bill

GROW Act passes US House, intends to restore water reliability:  “The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 23, known as the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act (GROW), legislation intended to restore water reliability for Californian and and other western states.  The bill includes an amendment offered by California Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-1st Dist) that allows for more efficient use of Shasta Lake by allowing water contractors to more readily access water when they need it. ... ”  Read more from KRCR here:  GROW Act passes US House, intends to restore water reliability

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