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posted Dec 5

This is what a champion in the US Senate looks like.  Thank you Barbara Boxer for holding strong against this terrible anti-environment, anti-fishery maneuver!

California’s two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, clash over water legislation that Feinstein wants to add to a larger bill.

posted Dec 5

Going live on KALW in 10 minutes to discuss POTUS-elect Trump’s first 100 days—on panel with SF Sup. Dave Campos and esteemed Constitutional Law Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky

posted Dec 5

If you care about clean water, environmental laws, healthy fisheries and the jobs that depend on them, infrastructure and/or the desperate people of Flint, Michigan—the House GOP made a move this morning that takes a wrecking ball to all of it, and stunningly, a couple of Democrats are complicit and should be ashamed of themselves.  Huge thanks, however, to Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for standing strong!  Here is my statement:  Rep. Huffman Slams McCarthy’s Last-Minute Effort to Attach Dangerous Provisions To Infrastructure Bill Washington, D.C.- Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) today slammed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) last-minute attempt to attach a nearly 100 page amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The amendment, first made public today despite months of negotiations on WRDA, would gut science-based environmental and clean water protections to benefit McCarthy’s own district, while threatening jobs across the West Coast’s multi-billion dollar salmon industry. The news reports that Congressman McCarthy plans to attach a new subtitle to the Water Resources Development Act comes just days after Representative Huffman joined with other lawmakers from California, Oregon, and Washington in a letter to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, opposing legislative riders that would harm fishing communities across the West Coast. “There they go again. Today’s attempt by Kevin McCarthy to attach dangerous California water provisions to WRDA is simply the latest effort to pick winners and losers during a drought, overriding science to redirect water into the hands of the most powerful corporate farmers in the world – and it won’t be the end of it,” said Rep. Huffman. “This same last-minute closed-door water grab nearly torpedoed last year’s must-pass spending bill. By insisting on this parochial poison pill, the Majority Leader is apparently willing to risk tanking the WRDA bill– no matter the damage done to the families in Flint, no matter the harm to fishing communities across the West, no matter how many jobs that would be created under WRDA that will have to wait until the McCarthy rider is dealt with. Anyone that participates in this charade should be ashamed. This is a slap in the face to all of us who want to enact good infrastructure policy, who have been working to deliver for the families of Flint, and whose states care about salmon fishing jobs.” ###

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