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McCarthy: Today We Address California's Man-Made Drought

Feb 29, 2012
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy today delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. McCarthy was an original cosponsor of this legislation, which was first introduced in May 2011.

For too long we've been fighting about water. For too long this man-made drought in California has been ignored. Well today, that stops.

On California's Man-Made Drought:

Now, in California there's a saying 'whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.' For too long we've been fighting about water. For too long this man-made drought in California has been ignored. Well today, that stops.

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Let's talk about what the man-made drought has done. Have you ever examined the pain that it has caused? ... you know what I saw from my district on up? 30, 40 percent unemployment. I saw people standing in line. ... There are two families in my district that grow 80 percent of all the carrots in the country. But because of this man-made drought, hundreds of people were lined up to get food from the food bank. They were getting carrots, but were they getting carrots from America? No, they were getting carrots from China.

On The Bipartisan Nature Of This Bill:

Simply put, what does this bill do? This bill simply says an agreement is an agreement. In 1994, both sides sat down and agreed to the Bay Delta Accords. ... There was the Clinton Administration, there was Governor Pete Wilson, there were farmers, there were environmentalists, there were even people who are Members of this Chamber today. All these people spoke in support of this. ... if we make an agreement, we should stick to the agreement.

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