OVERNIGHT ENERGY: California Republicans offer drought bill

GOP UNVEILS DROUGHT BILL: California's House delegation offered their latest attempt Thursday at loosening the grip of the ongoing drought.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoThe fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection Each state's population center, visualized MORE (R-Calif.), seeks to prioritize farmers and other water uses over endangered fish species like the salmon and the delta smelt.

It confronts Republicans' longstanding contention that the drought is being caused by environmentalists and by federal and state decisions that put the environment and animals above humans.


"California's drought has devastated communities throughout the Central Valley and now the consequences are extending throughout the country," Valadao said in a statement.

"Congress cannot make it rain but we can enact policies that expand our water infrastructure, allow for more water conveyance, and utilize legitimate science to ensure a reliable water supply for farmers and families," he added.

The bill has the support of all of California's House Republicans, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum Watch: GOP leaders discuss Biden's first year in office MORE.

It would set explicit rules to get federal agencies to pump more water through the Central Valley Project. Agencies would have to prove specific harms to the fish species to slow pumping.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) had a dim view of the effort.

"It's unfortunate that House Republicans -- with much fanfare -- are rolling out a bill that is the same-old, same-old and will only reignite the water wars," she said in a statement.

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ON TAP FRIDAY I: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a discussion on the International Energy Agency's 2015 world energy outlook. Fatih Birol, IEA's chief economist and upcoming executive director, and David Turk, the Department of Energy's deputy assistant secretary for international climate and technology, will participate. 

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