Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Editorial Reply Sacramento Bee - H.R. 1837

June 24, 2011
Press Release

The Bee’s latest editorial on water accuses me of “promoting” a “water grab.”  The Bee was well aware that as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Water and Power, I intervened to stop the bill in question (H.R. 1837) and announced it would not proceed until and unless it is amended to fully protect Northern California water rights.  Yet the editorial made the accusation anyway while questioning my motives and integrity. 

Last year, to meet radical environmental demands, 200 billion gallons of water contracted to the Central Valley were instead dumped into the Pacific Ocean.  That act destroyed 250,000 acres of farmland and cost tens of thousands of jobs.  Our sub-committee is grappling with a solution to prevent such lunacy in the future while fully protecting Northern California water rights and critical habitat.  We’re not there yet.

I welcome the Bee’s constructive counsel, but all it has offered to date is distortions and invective.

Tom McClintock
U.S. Representative, 4th District