This week, the House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014. The 26-page bill is a simple, common sense solution to the water shortages that have plagued our state during this historic draught.
There’s no understating the importance of California’s agricultural industry to the vitality of our state’s people, businesses, and economy. Our state alone produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables, and we grow them on over 80,000 farms that range from the Central Valley to Orange County. Dairy farms brimming with calves and grape groves blooming with a full harvest directly translate to jobs and economic activity for Californians, and not just for those who work on farms themselves.
Many of our neighbors rely on the shipping, trucking, and vending that is spurred by a robust agricultural industry for a way of living. Sadly, all of these folks are being placed at risk due to stubborn and wrongheaded politicians in Washington and Sacramento.
A radical interpretation of federal law has severely compounded the California drought. By prioritizing the Delta smelt to the point of curtailing billions of gallons of water slated to be pumped to local communities, bureaucrats have cost our …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce