Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after the House passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act conference report, which authorizes resources for ports, waterways, and flood protection and importantly, includes long-overdue language to address the California drought:
“California is nearly five years into a drought that impacts not just our state, but nearly 40 percent of the western United States. While we cannot control drought conditions, we can properly prepare for future rain shortages. Our current drought crisis is not just a lack of rain; it is the result of failed policies that have mismanaged critical water resources throughout the West. We need a long-term strategy to improve management of California’s water resources so we do not find ourselves in a similar man-made crisis in the future. The drought provisions in the WIIN Act will help our state recover from this devastating drought while providing resources for water projects such as storage, desalination, conservation, efficiency, and recycling. While a great deal of work remains, this bill will put us on the right path. If we do not act, hard-working Americans will lose their livelihoods, food and water prices will escalate dramatically, and our economy will suffer greatly. California is about to enter the rainy season, and timing is of the utmost importance. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation expeditiously, so that Californians can have finally have the drought relief they so desperately need.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.