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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Disappointed With Passage of California Drought Rider

Dec 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Despite Congressman McNerney’s efforts, the damaging California drought rider was not removed from S. 612, the WIIN Act, which funds water resources projects across the country. While Rep. McNerney applauds the important provisions to fund water infrastructure projects in the original bill (commonly referred to as the Water Resources Development Act), he remains concerned about the devastating impacts the drought rider will bring to the Delta especially under an incoming Trump administration. Because this rider will weaken environmental protections for fisheries and the economies dependent upon the Delta, Rep. McNerney will continue to fight against the implementation of this misguided language.

“The Water Resources Development Act is an essential, historically bipartisan bill, so I’m disappointed that House Republicans inserted this destructive rider. They may have won this battle, but we will never give up the fight.” said Rep. McNerney. “I along with a strong coalition of Representatives and Senators from Western States will be vigilant in protecting the Pacific fishing industry, fisheries, farmers, families, and natural habitats of our communities. We need to fight back at all levels, including at the state and local level to protect the California Delta. My delegation and California’s agencies and environmental organizations will continue to pursue solutions that benefit the entire state and this latest attack on our bedrock environmental protections will not stop our progress.”

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.