“As we in the San Joaquin Valley know first-hand, water is a top priority. This legislation provides funding for drought relief and infrastructure projects, accelerates timelines for vital water storage development projects that have languished for decades, and places limits on how much water the Bureau of Reclamation can divert from cities and farms, all of which protect and enhance California’s access to water supplies during the drought.
“Additionally, this bill reflects several bipartisan priorities, such as supporting water reclamation projects and Corps of Engineers projects, while recognizing the realities of our current federal budget deficit. It also provides funding for a mix of energy research and the securing of our nuclear capabilities, ensuring our country’s safety.
“Our current fiscal state presents challenges and funding limitations, therefore it is imperative that Congress prioritize critical program and infrastructure investments so that there is continued funding given to the projects most beneficial to our nation.”