From the Campaign Trail

posted Jul 30

Grateful to the colleagues who co-signed my comment letter outlining the huge flaws in the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  In its current form, the BDCP is a massive water export scheme poorly disguised as a “recovery plan.”  The long-needed “reality check” for this project still has not occurred.

(Source: Jared Huffman) WASHINGTON­-Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today led a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) outlining a strong opposition to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The letter, cosigned by California Reps. George Miller, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui…

posted Jul 29

Today, the House GOP will vote to authorize unlimited spending of your tax dollars on lawyers billing over $500/hour for a specious, partisan, election-driven lawsuit against President Obama—the first time a house of Congress has ever sued a President.  Meanwhile, the same House GOP is jamming through a bill to undermine the Endangered Species Act by limiting attorney fees for prevailing environmental plaintiffs to $125/hour.  Meanwhile, no votes on any number of real issues facing our country.  Today is a good window into House GOP priorities.

posted Jul 28

I’ve joined over 100 House colleagues in calling on Speaker Boehner NOT to adjourn for “August Recess.”  After accomplishing almost nothing this year, the House GOP Majority spent most of July launching yet another inquiry into the Benghazi tragedy and preparing to use your tax dollars to sue the President.  Meanwhile, the West is dealing with catastrophic drought and wildfires, we have a broken immigration system and humanitarian crisis at the border, the export-import bank which is critical to American manufacturers, small businesses and farmers is about to expire, the VA system is in dire need of reform, etc., etc.  Far too much work unfinished work to declare a 5-week recess, if you actually care about governing…

Congress appears likely to wrap up for its summer recess having cobbled together only the minimum to keep the government functioning without addressing a list of pressing concerns.

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