RECENT VOTES

Water Resources

On February 5, 2014 the House considered H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act. This legislation is being described as an effort to alleviate severe drought in California. In fact, it does nothing to address this problem. H.R. 3964 repeals existing water use laws in California, a troubling precedent for states. For almost 100 years, the federal Bureau of Reclamation has deferred to the states when it comes to the use of irrigation water. This legislation ends that practice. It also makes water for agriculture a priority over all other uses, such as municipal or environmental or conservation purposes. Finally, the legislation would completely waive the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, while preventing California from implementing any further environmental protections on their own.

I voted NO.

The White House Administration has already promised to veto this bill should it reach the President's desk. Nevertheless, H.R. 3964 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

222

2

0

7

DEMOCRAT

7

189

0

4

TOTAL

229

191

0

11

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0