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Congressman David G. Valadao | Representing the 21st Congressional District of California

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Contact: Anna R. Vetter

Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan
Emergency Water Legislation
Washington – On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), with the support of
California House Republicans, introduced water legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at
providing short- term relief from California’s water crisis.
Since May, House Republicans have been working to find a bipartisan compromise between House and Senate
legislation aimed at providing drought relief. For months, negotiations between the two Chambers have been
ongoing. Unfortunately, last month, Senator Feinstein withdrew from negotiations.
In an effort to provide immediate, short-term relief regardless, Congressman Valadao introduced H.R. 5781,
the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014.
The bill provides eighteen month of relief (two water years) while protecting the State Water Project and
protecting Northern California water rights.
Original cosponsors of the legislation include Reps. David G. Valada0 (CA-21), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Ken
Calvert (CA-42), Jim Costa (CA-16), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-04), and Devin Nunes (CA-22).
Rep. Valadao stated, “This well thought out, common sense legislation contains no controversial
measures for either Party. Not only will this legislation provide a temporary eighteen month solution, it
will also help ensure negotiations between the Senate and the House continue.” He went on, “I will not
let this year end without exhausting ever possible option to bring relief to the Central Valley.”
Rep. McCarthy said,“California is currently facing the worst drought in a century, which has led to barren
farms and drastic water shortages in our communities. Families, businesses, and farmers are in
desperate need for water and this bill represents the House’s unwavering commitment to provide
immediate relief, especially during the first few storms of the water year. This bill contains provisions
from the original Senate-passed water bill and from the House’s negotiations with the Senate. For the
sake of the people of California, we can no longer delay action to alleviate the pain from harmful
government policies that put the well-being of fish above people. While this represents an important
first step, the House will continue to work towards a long-term solution to California’s man-made water
“Cities, towns, rural homes, schools and churches are running dry. House Leadership understands that
action needs to be taken before Congress adjourns. We are offering a compromise based on the Senate
water bill in a further demonstration that a bipartisan majority in the House is both willing and able to
act,” said Rep. Devin Nunes.
Rep. Calvert said, "California is facing a crisis that demands action. This short-term bill, comprised of
negotiated text, will provide just a piece of the legislative fix that our state so desperately needs. I
appreciate the effort Senator Feinstein put forth in negotiating and look forward to working towards a
permanent sensible solution."
“H.R. 5781 will provide immediate relief to California communities suffering from one of the worst
droughts in recorded history. This proposal is a good faith effort to exhaust every conceivable option
available before Congress adjourns for the year,”

stated Rep. McClintock.
“This limited bill includes noncontroversial language to address California’s drought immediately and it is
imperative that we act this year. The provisions are a starting point to build toward a comprehensive
solution to address California’s water supply issues, and we remain ready to continue working with the
Senate on a long term agreement,” said Rep. LaMalfa.
Rep. Costa said, “This bipartisan legislation offers a common-sense solution to a long-term problem. The
Valley has suffered far too long because of our broken water system,” said Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16).
“This bill will allow us to take advantage of increased flows through the delta and provide much-needed
water to our Valley’s families and farms. California’s water needs must be addressed, and this legislation
provides us with one more tool to bring relief to the San Joaquin Valley.”
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and
portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.


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