As you know, trying to implement common sense solutions that give our state relief from this historic drought is a priority of mine. The drought has devastated communities throughout California, from the farms of Central Valley to the suburbs of Orange County, and the consequences have spread throughout the country through higher food prices.
We cannot make it rain but we can enact policies that expand our water infrastructure, allow for more water conveyance in a manner that is fair to Southern California, and utilize legitimate science to ensure a reliable water supply for farmers and families.
This week, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Included in the legislation are several new provisions I support to help Californians who have suffered under years of this historic drought exacerbated by federal regulations that prioritize environmental concerns over households.
These provisions include:
1. Increasing pumping at the Delta for water deliveries to Southern California
2. Expanding water storage capacity by cutting bureaucratic red-tape holding back major water storage projects
3. Protecting senior and area of origin water rights
4. Protecting species listed under the Endangered Species Act
5. Restoring water deliveries to the east side of the San Joaquin Valley by defunding defunct programs
This issue isn't about politics; water shortages have hurt everyone. I'll continue to seek out the reasonable middle ground that brings our state the relief it deserves.
News for April 8-15, 2016
|Chairman Royce Discusses Anti-Poaching Work w/ Dr. Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall, the world renowned primatologist, visited Rep. Royce's office this week to discuss their joint efforts to protect endangered species around the world.
Rep. Royce, who is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, authored the Global Anti-Poaching Act to help the United States combat poaching and wildlife trafficking, activities that are often a funding source for terrorist organizations.
|The U.S. Must Not Aid and Abet Iranian Money Laundering
|The opinion editorial below from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce was featured in the Washington Post.
Iran has yet to see the economic growth it wants from President Obama’s nuclear deal, and it’s demanding additional concessions — above and beyond the agreement — in return for nothing. Specifically, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants the United States to end sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s funding for terrorism and illicit weapons so Iran can gain access to the U.S. financial system, where the majority of international business is conducted.
At a news conference Friday, Obama walked back reports that Iran would be allowed direct access to the U.S. dollar, saying, “That’s not actually the approach that we’re taking.” He did not, however, explicitly close the door to other steps that would give the regime access to U.S. dollars through offshore clearinghouses. In other words, Iran would be allowed to launder dollars while the administration looked the other way.
This is an alarming departure from the Obama administration’s position just months ago. Indeed, when selling the nuclear deal to the American people last year, the administration repeatedly stressed to Congress that key terrorism, missile and human rights sanctions against Iran would continue to be vigorously enforced.
|Rep. Royce Recognized for Pro-Job Growth Agenda
|The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents thousands of California businesses both big and small, has awarded Rep. Royce its Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support for pro-jobs, pro-economic growth policies.
During 2015, the Chamber scored House of Representative members on twenty votes, including legislation to pass the first long-term transportation law in a decade (critical for California's freeways) and make permanent tax relief provisions for small business owners that would have otherwise expired.