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Examining the Spending, Priorities

by United States Congressional House

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2011. LC Number: KF27 .I5473 2011 OCLC Number: (OCoLC)741311891 Subject: Water resources development -- United States. Excerpt: ... 11 STATEMENT OF HON. JIM COSTA, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OSTA Mr. C. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, for holding this timely hearing on the President's budget with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Geological Survey as well. I want to apologize to the non-Californians who are part of this Subcommittee. You will hear a lot about California water. Bear with us. This is noth-ing new. Mark Twain, I think, got it right when he was a reporter in California at the Mariposa Gazette over 100 years ago when he observed that in the West whiskey was made for drinking and water was made for fighting. We have been fighting over these water resources for some time now. I would like to focus most of my comments in my opening state-ment, as well as when we get to the question rounds, Mr. Connor, on, as another speaker once noted, Tip O'Neill, all politics are local, and while the Ranking Member indicated water should not be po-litical, unfortunately we have noted, especially in the last two years, that it has become very political, and I think that there are a lot of efforts and issues that we have been engaged in that I want to bear with me this morning as it relates to one - the allocation of water among the - especially in light of the additional snow pack that we have received this year. We have most of the areas both Federal and now the state service contractors that are near 100 percent are 100 percent of their allocation, yet we have the San Luis unit at 50 percent of its allocation. You have demonstrated ad-ministrative flexibility, which we urged you to over a year ago and, as a result, we did receive 50 percent last year. I think we can do better this year. We need to engage on that. I want to talk to you about the efforts with regard to the San Joaquin Riv...

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