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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s announcement earlier today:

“California is facing the worst drought in over a century, and the Administration just doesn’t get that Californians want to solve this crisis with more water, not by simply treating the symptoms with more government intervention. Until the Administration recognizes the underlying problem of Federal and state regulations preventing our communities from getting the water we desperately need, no amount of spending will solve our crisis.  The House has passed emergency and long-term solutions that reform these regulations so that when Mother Nature brings rain or snow, it will go to families and communities in the Central Valley and Southern California, not out to the ocean. Despite the Senate failing to meet House Republicans half way last year, we will continue to work toward these important solutions.  

“I hope that while Secretary Jewell is in the Valley, she will spend some time with our farmers who have been devastated by regulations that put fish over people.  The Administration claims that it has an “all-in” strategy for this drought.  Rather than simply announcing more money from Washington for habitat restoration, I encourage her and this Administration to go all-in by listening and working with our local water agencies and using her power right now to provide regulatory relief so that we can pump and bring more water to our communities.”

PHOTO CREDIT: “Isabella Lake,” David^O © 2007, used under an Attribution 2.0 Generic license:

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