GOP introduces drought relief bill, key step in reopening water debate in Congress

California House Republicans introduced a drought-relief bill Thursday afternoon that they said would pump more water to struggling farmers in the Central Valley without compromising protections for endangered fish. The 170-page bill, though unlikely to reach President Obama’s desk in its current form, is a significant step in laying out the GOP position in the debate over how the federal government should respond to a four-year drought. Like prior efforts, the bill is already facing opposition from environmental groups and Democrats who say the changes would harm the environment and undermine protections for endangered species. <more>

June 25, 2015 LA Times