Dec 10, 2014

The Senate Must Act on House-Passed California Drought Relief

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Washington, D.C. – At a leadership press briefing today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke about the California Emergency Drought Relief Act and urged the Senate to take action before the end of session:

Watch Leader McCarthy’s remarks online here.

“The Speaker laid out to you the next two days of the schedule: TRIA today, omnibus tomorrow. I want to highlight something that’s very personal to me.

“I represent California and the Central Valley. We have a drought that’s the worst in 1200 years. Yesterday on the floor we passed the bill. It’s not the bill that I would have written if I got to have all my way. But it’s a bill that we sat and worked with Senator Feinstein about. 

“Government cannot make it rain, but government can change the policies that now when it is raining in California, that the water no longer goes out to the ocean, but is used by constituents, especially throughout the Central Valley. 

“I don’t know if you know of the Central Valley, if you’ve ever read The Grapes of Wrath, if you ever watched throughout, this is the land that feeds the entire country and the world. 

“Throughout the nation people will talk about unemployment below six percent. There are cities that have more than thirty percent. So while the Senate is still in session, I ask them to look in the eyes of those unemployed, that they can take an action that can make a difference right now. But if they miss this opportunity, we’ll be hurt even further in the next year.”