WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on House passage of the Sacramentoâ€San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (H.R. 3964), which addresses emergency drought conditions in California.
“Last Congress the House passed legislation to address the devastating impact of severe drought conditions on the agriculture areas of central California. Unfortunately, the concerns of hard-working families and farmers were completely ignored by the Democratic-controlled Senate. The situation for many in the Central Valley is dire, as a lack of rain is intensified by a federally-mandated drought reinforced by endless environmental lawsuits. The Central Valley supplies America with an abundance of fruit and vegetable crops, but it is now turning into a man-made dust bowl. Legislation passed today restores some water deliveries, ensures a reliable water supply, and saves taxpayer money by ending unnecessary and dubious government projects. I urge the Senate to listen to the concerns of Central Valley farmers and business leaders and pass this critical legislation.”