Bureau of Reclamation Confirms: Senate Water Bill Does Nothing to Help California Drought This Year
WASHINGTON – During a House Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) questioned Mr. David Murillo, regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation for the mid-Pacific region, about the impact that the most recent water proposal out of the Senate, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein, would have on 2016 operations. Mr. Murillo confirmed that Sen. Feinstein’s bill would do nothing to change any operations this year.
“As we heard today from the Bureau of Reclamation, Sen. Feinstein’s proposal would mean no changes in pumping or operations, which means Californians would continue to suffer,” said Rep. Denham. “This confirms what much of our water community already knows – while the House has passed multiple pieces of legislation, our state keeps hurting as our Senators fail to meet us at the table. Much, much more needs to be done.”