Natural Resources Defense Council

Historic Water Bill Passes, Promising Relief to Central Valley

The Senate overcame a filibuster effort by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) early Saturday morning, bringing relief to farmers in the Central Valley — and potential lawsuits by environmental groups.

Tulare Central Valley (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Exclusive: John Ratcliffe Says Bill Reverses 30 Years of Regulator Dominance in Courts

“Republican and Democratic administrations alike have been taking taking advantage of Chevron Deference for the last three decades and it’s been the American people, who have been suffering, but it’s Congress, who can provide the fix to this,” said whose bill passed the House 240 to 171, with one Democrat voting with Republicans.

Scaffolding still wraps around the Senate and the Capitol Dome as part of a long-term repair project, but some of it has been removed from the very top of the structure around the Statue of Freedom, in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rest of the work, including restoration to …