WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California’s farm belt at a time of severe drought.
Opposition from the White House and congressional Democrats raises doubts about further progress on the legislation. Similar efforts failed in two previous congressional sessions.
The vote Thursday was 245-176.
A four-year drought has forced California communities to cut water use. Some rural areas have been particularly hurt as the state’s water distribution systems curtailed water for agriculture.
The bill is designed to take more water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. It also seeks to speed up studies for a handful of new or expanded dams.
Democrats say diverting more water to farms will take water from other California communities and harm the state’s salmon fishing industry.