Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21)
September 9, 2019
Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21) has called for significant changes to a California Senate bill, SB 1, which seeks to stop the Trump Administration’s rollback of important environmental regulations, but also includes two provisions with the potential to endanger a safe, reliable, and adequate water supply for the Central Valley.
On Sunday, Rep. Cox and Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) published an op-ed in the Fresno Bee, calling for Governor Gavin Newsom of California to be allowed to continue a collaborative process that will bring balance and prioritize the needs of Central Valley working families, farmers, and ranchers.
Said Reps. Cox and Costa in the September 8th op-ed, “The voluntary agreements being advanced by Gov. Newsom’s administration and new biological opinions that provide greater operational flexibility and better protection for at-risk species are positive steps toward responsible water policy. SB 1, in its present form, is a step backward.”
The congressmen continued, “We absolutely support SB1’s objective, which is to ensure that the Trump administration does not roll back regulatory protections for quality health care, immigration, fair labor, clean air, clean water, and at-risk fish and wildlife species. But unless amended, the unintended consequences of SB 1 will surely frustrate Gov. Newsom’s efforts to reach solutions through collaboration and engagement with all participating parties.”
In addition, in a letter to Governor Newsom on September 6, 2019, Rep. Cox, as well as Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-03), and Josh Harder (CA-10) asked the governor to: “preserve the viability of potential voluntary agreements over proposed outflow requirements for the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers,” by pushing for amendments to Section 3(c) and Section 2 of SB 1.