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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, out of the House Natural Resources Committee:

“Today, we move one step closer to modernizing our water management system by moving legislation that can provide our communities relief from continued water rationing and higher costs. I commend the House Natural Resources Committee for its longstanding work over the past few Congresses to help address California’s water problems, and most importantly today for their swift, yet thorough, action so this much-needed bill can be considered on the House floor as early as next week. Californians owe a debt of gratitude to Chairman Bishop (UT-01) for his leadership on this critically important bill to our state.

“Communities across California and America’s west cannot afford to wait longer as they face more and more water shortages. This bill offers an alternative to the status quo by clearing up the roadblocks and inefficiencies in complex and often contradictory federal laws, regulations, and lawsuits that block water infrastructure and keep water from getting to the people that need it most.”