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Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) made the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 3964, the Sacramento–San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act:

“The current California drought is a crisis exacerbated by the failure of government to recognize the damage it can cause when it gets in between our country’s farmers and a critical resource needed to supply food and economic growth to our nation. The government has decided that rather than helping ensure adequate water to California’s Central Valley, it is more important to protect fish. This has resulted in the wasting of millions of acre-feet of water to the Pacific Ocean over the years, which otherwise could have gone to families and farmers who contract and pay for it.

“Today, led by my good friend Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), the entire California Republican delegation in the House introduced legislation to put families before fish. In 1994, the Bay Delta Accord established water deliveries throughout California that have since evaporated due to environmental regulations. This bill is a comprehensive solution to California’s water problems, and ensures that the delta pumps that deliver water to the Central Valley and southern California in wet years are operating at the levels agreed upon in 1994.

“One more day cannot go by without addressing the shortage of a resource so precious to our economy and wellbeing. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have yet to even offer a proposal to deliver needed water to the Central Valley. It is time, as representatives for the entire state, that Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein support drought-stricken Californians and get behind this legislation.”