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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (H.R. 1837):

“Put simply, this bill is a recipe for disaster. It is slanted and dangerously short-sighted.

“First, the bill is arbitrary. It promises water deliveries to certain areas while neglecting to identify where that water will come from or how its diversion will affect other regions.

“Second, the legislation undercuts state laws broadly supported by both parties that were enacted to solve water supply challenges and address deterioration of the Bay Delta. By reverting to the 1994 Bay Delta Accord, the bill requires that the state manage its water according to 20-year-old science.

“Third, the bill destroys any chance to achieve a balanced solution to Bay Delta restoration and undermines state and local efforts to assure long-term water deliveries. It also overrides a settlement that ended nearly two decades of lawsuits to restore the San Joaquin River, one of California’s greatest.

“Fourth, the bill ends the 20-year effort to restore fisheries and improve wildlife refuges in the Central Valley, harming the state’s commercial fishing and recreation industries.

“Fifth, the bill preempts state laws, including the California Fish and Game Code and the Delta Reform Act of 2009, as well as the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.

“Candidly, I have seen few pieces of legislation during my 19 years in the Senate that are as poorly considered and dangerously one-sided as this one. I stand ready to work with anyone in good faith to solve California’s water problems, but this bill is not a starting point.”

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