Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the House passed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act by a vote of 229 – 191:
“California is suffering from an historic drought that requires real, comprehensive solutions, not more political posturing. Yet today’s legislation represents another Republican attempt to create more obstacles to progress and offer fewer answers to our state’s most pressing challenges. It is the wrong step at the wrong time for California.
“This Republican bill reflects misguided priorities, undermines California’s water rights, and overrides the state’s ability to manage its own water supplies. The measure picks winners and losers in the current crisis, and fails to produce any new water to alleviate the effects of the drought. Instead, what we need is an ‘all of the above’ strategy to complement the ongoing work of state and local leaders: to encourage conservation, recycling, desalinization, off-stream storage, and additional support for the communities suffering most.
“Republican political games won’t solve California’s water crisis. Only by working together can we put forward policies that support state and local efforts, protect and expand our state’s water supply, preserve our environment and natural resources, and build a sustainable future for all Californians.”