Feinstein on water, Supreme Ct nominee and Donald Trump

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 10:56 PM

Dianne Feinstein visited The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board latest week to speak about her drought relief bill and other topics. Here are edited excerpts: We've to keep water from the moist years for the dry years.

Feinstein on water, Supreme Ct nominee and Donald Trump

Sen. Dianne Feinstein visited The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board latest week to speak about her drought relief bill and other topics. Here are edited excerpts:

We've to keep water from the moist years for the dry years. I think we've to construct our reservoir system; we've to have an alternative infrastructure. But for the length of this drought, we’ve got to be able to, within environmental laws and biological opinions, maximize water supply. Particularly this year, because of the El Niño.

Let me go into what we’ve tried to do. We've done twenty-six drafts; we’ve worked on this for two years; we've tried to discover the sweet spot. We were in an atmosphere where one political party, namely the Republican Party in the House, has passed a bill which, in my view, isn't a excellent bill. It’s got a whopping margin; it's sitting there. We can prevent it from passing in the Senate.

In my bill, the short-term provisions for drought relief are the controversial part. The House wants stronger speech and the environmental community doesn’t wish any bill. We've the same water infrastructure from when we were sixteen million people; we'd better obtain cracking, because it’s only going to obtain worse. And the point is to have a bill that’s balanced.

We'd a donnybrook over the omnibus, because a bill was offered with my title on it that'd several provisions that we'd never seen before, despite the fact that negotiations were going on. And that blew things up. My hope is that reality has settled in that we've to discover a way to do this together. And that I'm not going to breach the biological opinions or the Endangered Species Act.

He’s a excellent judge; he’s not a politician. The Ct should be filled with genuine people of valid distinction. And this is that man. I think there is genuine reason for hope that sanity will prevail and people will realize that the law is better off, that the nation is better off, by not having to go this whole year plus before you obtain somebody in place.

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