|Rep. Eshoo Decries Passage of Atrocious Water Bill|
|Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:47|
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, which sets an unprecedented standard of state preemption, environmental disregard, and the privatization of a public resource for the benefit of a select few.
"H.R. 1837 would undo years of negotiations reached by the state of California, local ranchers, farmers and other users of water from the San Joaquin River. This bill repeals existing law and will set up a new round of water wars, which will create more employment for lawyers, but not fishermen or farmers."
Specifically, H.R. 1837 would:
"H.R 1837 is opposed by local governments, business groups, recreational and commercial fishing advocates, environmental organization, the California Attorney General, U.S Secretary of Interior Salazar and the nonpartisan Western States Water Council," said Rep. Eshoo.
Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Thompson offered an amendment on the floor of the House to nullify the bill if it causes any job losses in fishing-related or agricultural industries but it was defeated on largely party lines. H.R. 1837 passed the House 246-175 and now goes to the Senate where it will be met with strong resistance from Senators Boxer and Feinstein. President Obama has also vowed to veto the bill if Congress were to pass it.
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