Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3964 – Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Feb 4, 2014 2:19 PM

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Bera, (CA), McNerney (CA), Thompson, Mike (CA), Matsui (CA), Garamendi (CA), Swalwell (CA)


REVISED Delays implementation of the act until it is determined that it will not have a negative impact on the quantity, quality, and safety of drinking water in the California Delta region.

Capps (CA)


REVISED Requires GAO to conduct a study on the resiliency and adaptability of all Bureau of Reclamation projects and facilities to any ongoing or forecasted changes to the quality, quantity, or reliability of water resources.

Castor (FL)


Delays flood insurance premium changes until completion of affordability study

Costa (CA)


Creates a joint committee of the House and Senate with the purpose of drafting bipartisan, bicameral legislation by the end of 2014 to address the repeated and ongoing drought and water supply shortage conditions in California.

Costa (CA)


Strikes Title II from the bill, restoring the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act as agreed to by the local stakeholders.

DeFazio (OR), Huffman (CA), DelBene (WA), Speier (CA), Thompson, Mike (CA)


Establishes the Governor of California’s emergency drought declaration, issued January 17, 2014, as a formal request to the Secretary of Commerce to issue a determination, using her authority under Section 312 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, that a fishery resource disaster has occurred for fisheries that originate in the State of California.

Garamendi (CA)


SUBSTITUTE LATE REVISED Seeks to create a program to fund drought response water projects that would create new water through conservation, recycling and storage.

Huffman (CA)


REVISED Prevents provisions of the bill from taking effect until it has been determined that it will not harm the water quality and water availability, including fishing rights, of affected Indian tribes. Clarifies that nothing in the bill would diminish the water, fishing, and other rights of affected Indian tribes.

Huffman (CA)


REVISED Prevents provisions of the bill from taking effect until it has been determined that it will not interfere with the State of California’s Delta and water management reform and funding Acts of 2009, including SB7x-1, SB7x-2, SB7x-6, and SB7x-7.

Matsui (CA)


Section 107 will not suspend "b2” water (800,000 acre feet) that was allocated in the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Senior water rights holders in the Delta or north of Delta shall not be responsible for the project yield allocation or B2 water.

McNerney (CA), Thompson, Mike (CA), Capps (CA)


Strikes the bill and establishes a Joint Select Committee on Long-Term Drought to address drought issues in the West.

McNerney (CA)


Sunsets the bill at the end of the last day of the Bureau of Reclamation’s 2015 water year.

McNerney (CA)


REVISED Prevents several provisions of the Act from taking effect until it is determined that it will not harm water quality or water availability for agricultural producers in California’s Delta region (Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties).

Napolitano (CA)


Removes the subsidy to agricultural loans and require that interest be repaid on the capital costs of a project. Currently, agriculture has 40 years to repay capital cost, interest free. Other constituencies, such as municipal entities, are required by law to pay interest.

Peters, Scott (CA)


REVISED Stipulates that the bill cannot go into effect until the Secretary confirms that the act does not adversely affect any community's water supply or water budget.

Speier (CA)


LATE REVISED Adds findings to the bill that climate change is a reality, humans are a primary cause, and that increasingly intense draughts may be a consequence of climate change.

Thompson, Mike (CA), Matsui (CA)


Replaces provisions which override state law with a provision upholding state law and requiring use of the best available science.