Following the town hall, we broke down the big moments during a 30-minute digital post-show.
On the Committee on Agriculture, Costa serves as Chairman … In July, the U.S. House approved a U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill that includes two amendments he sponsored to prevent the water board’s plan from moving forward, and to store water in the Central Valley.Specifically, one amendment would stop the state’s proposal to flush fresh water from Central Valley rivers into the ocean.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Aug. 14 met with local growers and stakeholders during a Modesto, Calif., town hall meeting to learn about critical issues facing Central Valley farmers.Responding to an invite by Rep. Denham, the secretary’s attendance at the event and subsequent local tour complimented the congressman’s ongoing efforts to stop contentious amendments proposed to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary by the California State Water Resources Control Board. We have to go out and borrow it,” Representative McClintock said. Denham also this summer hosted DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tour of the Don Pedro and New Melones Reservoirs, which would become significantly drained under the water board’s plan, according to Rep. Denham.Secretary Perdue’s visit to California this week followed Rep. Denham’s letter, signed by California colleagues on both sides of the aisle, requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expedite its announced mitigation measures.In the letter, the lawmakers also asked that specialty crops grown in the Central Valley receive the same federal aid as what’s allocated to row crops.
“Three trillion dollars, you divide that by the number of households, that comes to about 23,000 dollars the average family will have to repay in their future taxes.
Copyright © 2020 Denham brings Ag Secretary to Calif. for town hall, tour with Central Valley producers U.S. Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) also attended the town hall meeting where Secretary Perdue said, “We had some good discussions … with local producers on a variety of topics including water, which is a critical issue facing the Central Valley.” Rep. Denham and Secretary Perdue also visited Brichetto Ranch in Oakdale, Calif., to tour agriculture work along the Stanislaus River.
Denham and Secretary Perdue also visited Brichetto Ranch in Oakdale, Calif., to tour agriculture work along the Stanislaus River.“It’s important for me as the Secretary of Agriculture to get out of D.C. and listen to the producers here in California and across the country,” said Perdue. Rep. Denham thinks the board’s plan would cripple the economy, farms, and community in his California district’s Central Valley region.“I wanted the Secretary to see firsthand the devastation the Bay Delta plan would cause to our farming community,” said Rep. Denham on Aug. 15. A debate between US Rep. Jim Costa, a long-term Democrat incumbent, and challenger Elizabeth Heng, a Republican who may give Rep. Costa his strongest challenge in years.
As California and the rest of the country moves at different paces of reopening, lawmakers across the aisle agreed a one-size fits all approach for all counties does not work in responding to the pandemic.“There’s a lot of fear factor being pushed with this so I think when we’re talking about reopening a church or many churches, there’s smart people that can figure out the protocol,” Representative LaMalfa said.
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