Friday, June 26, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy attends the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston while expressing remorse for the death of a Bakersfield police officer

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy gives us his weekly view from Capitol Hill. In his words:

 "At the conclusion of another busy week in Washington, I was honored to attend the touching funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney who was one of the victims of the South Carolina shooting last week. Against the backdrop of a national tragedy, the power of prayer and faith has uplifted the Charleston community and our nation as a whole as we continue to stand with the family and friends who are grieving. Hate has no place in the United States and today’s celebration of life and love was an inspiring reminder that even in the darkest days, the light of God will shine through.

  "Locally, Judy and I are saddened to hear of the death of Bakersfield Police Officer David Joseph Nelson. A young officer who gave his life protecting our community, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and to our entire local law enforcement community.

 "This week, the entire California Republican delegation joined together and introduced legislation that will fix the water mismanagement in California that has contributed to worst water crisis in generations. The crisis has transcended regional boundaries in the state and now the pain that our community has suffered over the past few years has no gripped suburban and urban communities throughout California. For years, I have offered and supported solution after solution that has passed the House, which unfortunately the President has opposed and were not enacted into law. But we will not rest until we solve this water crisis. We must act now so that when we are blessed with rain and snow we can capture and store it.

 "This latest proposal achieves four major goals that I have consistently stated must be included in any water bill. They include: 1.) moving water through the Delta; 2.) creating a path for new storage; 3.) protecting the State Water Project; and 4.) preserving state water rights.

This bill is an important step to getting our community the water it needs and the water that we have contracted and paid for. In the coming weeks, this bill will make its way to the floor and will pass out of the House. I believe that the Senate will also follow suit and pass a California water bill. In fact, I have spoken to Senator Feinstein about this bill and our community’s need to have a bill signed into law that actually delivers water. Time is of the essence, and I look forward both sides of the aisle coming together and supporting important solutions that provide the robust economic opportunity our families, farmers, workers and businesses all need.

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