“We don’t expect our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to agree 100 percent to our solution. But even if (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid refuses to hold a simple vote on the House-passed bill, the legislature is designed so that any idea Califonia senators propose, get to the floor for a vote, and pass, can then be subject to negotiations with the House to reconcile differences towards a bicameral solution.”
—Republican House members Kevin McCarthy, David Valadao and Devin Nunes, writing in the Sacramento Bee.
The bill by south-Valley Republicans to plunder the Delta and kill the San Joaquin River restoration under the cover of the drought was not the complete non-starter it appearred to be. There was deeper strategy. The bill forced Senate Dems to respond with their own legislation. The two bills will end up in conference. There, the Republican minority will attempt to graft parts of their parochial, environmentally destructive ”solution” onto compromise legislation.
No stone left unturned!
The fate of the Delta will be decided in a conference committee. For the Republican minority attempting to thrust one regions’s interest above others, this course beats the ballot box.