With fed water bill under the bridge, D.C. legislators look toward 2015 strategy

California lawmakers’ failure to pass water legislation this Congress raises questions about strategy, tactics and the ability to learn from falling short. It also sets the stage for next year when the whole anti-drought drama returns for an encore. On Thursday night, the House was expected to conclude its work for the 113th Congress by approving a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds federal government agencies for nine months. The must-pass bill does not include the California water language sought by some lawmakers and opposed by others. “The lesson,” said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, “is that there is still a sharp rivalry between the different regions of California.” <more>

Dec. 11, 2014 The Fresno Bee