Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) voted in support of H.R. 5538, the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2017. The legislation includes substantial provisions for California drought relief.
“Delivering relief from water shortages to California’s families and farms shouldn’t be about politics. I’ve worked to advance constructive solutions to the challenges our state faces while balancing environmental standards with the water needs of local communities. The other side on the negotiating table needs to do the same,” said Representative Royce.
Specifically, the legislation will:
-Require federal agencies to use current and reliable data when making regulatory decisions.
-Provide federal regulators with the direction and flexibility they need to capture water during periods of greater precipitation.
-Cut red tape holding back major water storage projects that have been authorized for over a decade.
Rep. Royce and the 13 other House Republicans from California wrote U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) this week expressing their disappointment that the Senate is not advancing drought relief legislation.
Text of the letter can be viewed here or read below:
July 12, 2016
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Offfice Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Feinstein,
It has come to our attention that the Senate …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce