White House threatens to veto California water bill

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The White House threatened to veto legislation on Wednesday that would curtail federal rules limiting the amount of water pumped out of California's San Joaquin-Sacramento River delta while the state struggles with its worst drought in decades.

The Obama administration said the bill would "undermine years of collaboration between local, state, and federal stakeholders to develop a sound water quality control plan for the Bay-Delta."

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Republican-backed water bill later on Wednesday.

A record-breaking dry spell has led to a water crisis that could further endanger California's Central Valley agriculture hub.

Supporters of the bill have argued that it would help provide relief by allowing state and federal water managers to deliver water to farmers and communities during dry years.

The White House said in a statement that it "strongly opposes" the bill. "H.R. 3964 would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, which the Congress enacted to resolve 18 years of contentious litigation. Full repeal of the settlement agreement would likely result in the resumption of costly litigation, creating an uncertain future for river restoration and water delivery operations for water users on the San Joaquin River."

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Florida  |  February, 06, 2014 at 02:42 PM

Nothing funnier than seeing a state load of left winger morons getting screwed by another bigger federal load of liberal morons. Now each of you bend over and play "kissy kissy" with each other.

California  |  February, 06, 2014 at 06:39 PM

Ummm the water act was created under a Republican governor......What was that again?

WEst Coast  |  February, 06, 2014 at 09:51 PM

So what? The law is stil an unconstitutional federal intrusion into a local matter, with NO basis for the arthority in the Constitution. Whether the principals have/had D or R in front of their name is meaningless. Its still wrong. Ind if the current Dema running California manage to pass this, it may well be their signature best work for a couple decades. Other states also need to tell FedGov to butt out. And stay out.

sd  |  February, 08, 2014 at 09:29 PM

Has an effective means been developed to clean up ocean water so it can be used for domestic purposes? seems like some of our coastal states with huge populations should be working to do that instead of taking the water away from it's origins. Or figuring out some way to transfer flood waters to dry areas. Such as piping water KS folks are talking of taking some water from the Missouri to replace water removed from the Ogalalla acquifer, which makes sense.

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