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Jun 27, 2015 In The News

FRESNO, CA – Yesterday’s introduction of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 is welcomed news for the people of the parched State of California and the Central Valley.

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Dec 16, 2014 In The News
Despite last-minute attempts by Central California Republicans to get some form of legislation passed to address how California manages water and to avert another disaster, Democrats in Congress, many of those California Democrats, blocked the attempt and now any legislation dealing with the drought in this state is dead until well into next year.
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Dec 10, 2014 In The News
"Two Central Valley House Republicans — Rep. David Valadao and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — have spent months discussing drought measures with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. However, Feinstein and the Obama administration oppose the 26-page California Emergency Drought Relief Act approved by the House on Tuesday because it waives certain environmental protections and puts some limits on regulators."
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Dec 9, 2014 In The News

On Monday House Republicans debated a bill crafted in part by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and supported by Rep. Jim Costa that would provide a short-term salve to Californians south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The White House has threatened to veto the bill, which will be voted on Tuesday.

 

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Dec 8, 2014 In The News
"The GOP has passed drought relief measures during the past two congressional sessions. This time, GOP lawmakers pursued a bill that's much closer to what Sens. Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer helped pass in their chamber. The new effort, for example, scuttled the previously passed language that directed agencies to operate without regard to the Endangered Species Act. The latest effort takes a more targeted approach. … Both senators said they could not support the House bill."
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Dec 8, 2014 In The News
"Tellingly, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Monday said that she can’t support some of the provisions in the current House bill, despite negotiating progress that has convinced her an eventual bipartisan compromise is possible. … Much of the latest House bill’s language is drawn from Feinstein’s legislation, or was agreed to by her during negotiations with House Republicans."
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Dec 7, 2014 In The News
"It is important for action to be taken now as any new attempt will basically have to go back to step one and by the time a bill is passed and signed by the president next year, we could be back into summer and millions of acre feet of water will already have been lost to the ocean."
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Dec 7, 2014 In The News
"The bill (HR 5781) introduced by Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford and supported by GOP leadership provides the flexibility and resources to give farmers in the Valley and elsewhere a fighting chance to grow their crops and put people back to work in 2015."
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Oct 27, 2014 In The News

Led by U.S. Rep. and honorary chairman Kevin McCarthy, Bakersfield College was host to the first annual Kern County Agriculture Summit that took place in the Gil Bishop Gymnasium Oct.

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Oct 14, 2014 In The News
Officials also expressed concerns about potential use restrictions on the hundreds of thousands of acres that will be forever preserved. "Once again this administration is taking unilateral action without congressional or public input," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "I strongly support multiple use of our national forests and other public lands, but this decision severely limits usage."

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