SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) â€“ Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that a Republican effort in Congress to address Californiaâ€™s unprecedented drought is an â€œunwelcome and divisive intrusionâ€ in the stateâ€™s efforts to address the crisis by pitting water users against one another.
Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter Monday to leadership of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Californiaâ€™s entire congressional delegation asking them to oppose HR3964, which is scheduled to be taken up this week.
The legislation, which is sponsored by Californiaâ€™s Republican congressional delegation, would allow farmers to increase pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and create a House-Senate committee to tackle water problems.
â€œIt would override state laws and protections, and mandate that certain water interests come out ahead of others,â€ Brown wrote in his letter. â€œIt falsely suggests the promise of water relief when that is simply not possible given the scarcity of water supplies.â€