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H.R. 23 (115th): Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 23 modernizes water policies throughout the western United States and provides drought relief and water reliability in the State of California. A detailed section-by-section can be found here. Provisions of the legislation include:

Title I – Central Valley Project Water Reliability

H.R. 23 provides for the necessary replacement of water dedicated to fish and wildlife purposes by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) at a reasonably low cost and targets CVPIA actions on a priority basis towards salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. The title removes American shad and striped bass, both non-native species, from the definition of “anadromous fish” and defines “reasonable flows” as water flows capable of being maintained taking into account competing consumptive uses of water and economic, environmental, …

Sponsor and status

David Valadao

Sponsor. Representative for California's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017
Length: 137 pages
Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 12, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


14 Cosponsors (13 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Valadao Announces USDA Funding for Sites Reservoir
    — Rep. David Valadao [R-CA22] (Sponsor) on Nov 27, 2018

Rep. Royce: The GROW Act will help American families put food on the dinner table
    — Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 13, 2017

Rep. McNerney Statement on Divisive California Water Bill
    — Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9, 2013-2022] on Jul 12, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 23 will be negligible.


Jan 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 12, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 23 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 23. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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