Jun 20 2011

California water pact attacked by GOP congressmen

Washington — House Republicans representing the San Joaquin Valley pressed their attack on California’s plan to restore water to fisheries and wildlife, holding a hearing Thursday on a bill that would gut a key bipartisan pact passed by the state Legislature in 2009 after decades of litigation.

The bill has environmental groups and Bay Area Democrats in an uproar, but it has an excellent chance of passing the GOP-controlled House this year – one of many areas from abortion limits to spending cuts where Republicans are moving aggressively to shift the direction of government.

In the Democratic-controlled Senate, however, the water bill faces strong opposition from California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both Democrats, as well as opposition from the Obama administration.
Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle.


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