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H.R. 1654: Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

Jun 22, 2017 at 4:32 p.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1654 (115th) in the House.

H.R. 1654, as amended, authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes relating to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and designates the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing. Specifically, the bill establishes Reclamation as the lead agency for purposes of coordinating all reviews, analysis, opinions, statements, permits, licenses, or other federal approvals required under federal law. As the point of contact for the federal government, Reclamation shall coordinate the preparation of the unified environmental documentation that will serve as the basis for all federal decisions necessary to authorize the use of federal lands, as well as coordinate the project development and construction of qualifying projects.

According to the bill sponsor, “Droughts are nature’s fault. Water shortages are our fault. Water shortages are a choice we made a generation ago when we stopped building new reservoirs to meet the needs of a growing population. We will not solve our water shortages until we build new reservoirs. And we cannot build new reservoirs until we overhaul the radical environmental laws that have made their construction endlessly time consuming and ultimately cost prohibitive.”

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Aye 54%
No 42%
Not Voting 4%

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