A compromise with extremists

Following the passage of Senator Feinstein’s S. 2198, the Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and Reps. David Valadao (CA-21), Devin Nunes (CA-22), Jeff Denham (CA-CA-10), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-02), and Ken Calvert (CA-42) released the following statement: 

“While Senator Feinstein’s bill is a starting point, it fails to address our state’s long term needs We now have an opportunity to find a balance between her temporary measure and the comprehensive bill passed by the House.”

So that’s what they call it — “comprehensive.” Well, that beats “draconian,” ”destructive” and “selfish.”

I know of no one who has outlined the contours of a possible compromise. What is plain is that Feinstein’s bill, which nicks water flows during critical fish migration, now has to find a middle ground with a radical bill that calls for dams, suspends the environmental protections keeping the Delta on life support, and subverts the restoration of the San Joaquin River — a bill which is the perfect expression of the Tea Party extremism of the House and the blinkered, me-first philosophy of south Valley ag.

And Feinstein knew her bill would be hybridized with theirs. So she supports some of their agenda. Or some of their rich donors.


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