Valadao believes Feinstein’s drought bill step in right direction

Valadao believes Feinstein’s drought bill step in right direction »Play Video
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 file photo, a visitor to Folsom Lake, Calif., walks his dog down a boat ramp that is now several hundred yards away from the waters' edge. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Senate passed Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s 16-page Emergency Drought Relief Act.

Feinstein was able to have the bill pass Thursday without a public debate or a committee hearing.
 
The bill will focus on targeting problems caused by California’s record dry conditions, leading to the historic drought.
 
In February, the Republican House passed a water bill consisting of 68 pages - a bill that Congressman David Valadao said focuses on the more long-term solutions to the drought.
 
Although he believes Feinstein’s bill mainly aims at fixing the short-term issues, he said that the Senate passing the bill was a positive step in the right direction.
 
“This had to happen. We’re glad she moved her bill forward,” said Valadao. “We’re looking forward to having a conference so that we can come up with a bill for the president to sign, so we can fix this problem.”
 
He said having Feinstein on board with taking care of drought issues is a good addition to efforts currently being made.
 
Valadao said he hopes the next step will be to go to conference and negotiate, hopefully coming up with a bill that they can all agree on.