California Drought: House Republicans Take Aim at Water Rules
Democrats responded by saying that the problem is lack of rain.
“It would be more productive for this body to join in a rain dance on the floor today than to pass this bill,” said Rep. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena). Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) warned that the measure would set off a new water war, saying it “steals what little water there is available” from some and allocates it to others.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have branded the bill political gamesmanship, and Gov. Jerry Brown has said it “falsely suggests the promise of water relief when that is simply not possible given the scarcity of water supplies.”
Feinstein and Boxer are drafting their own drought-relief measure.