2017 Recent Vote
Representative David Valadao (R-CA) sponsored H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017, which would weaken the protections for fish, birds, and other wildlife in California's Bay-Delta. H.R. 23 would undermine the Endangered Species Act, jeopardizing populations of salmon and other local fisheries, threaten the habitat of millions of birds by reducing funding sources and undermining the water rights of wildlife refuges, and put at risk thousands of jobs that rely on a healthy Bay-Delta. H.R. 23 also includes provisions that would have negative ramifications across other western states, including reducing public input and review of water projects, cutting out agency expertise during environmental review, and limiting states' and the federal government's ability to manage and protect water resources. Lastly, H.R. 23 undermines provisions designed to manage California water operations passed last year in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which is claimed to require compliance with the Endangered Species Act as well as state laws. On July 12, the House approved H.R. 23 by a vote of 230-190 (House roll call vote 352). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.