Congressman David Valadao authored H.R. 23, the “GROW” Act (Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017), which passed the House of Representatives on July 12 by a 230-190 margin. It now heads to the Senate where it meets an uncertain fate.

GV Wire visited with the Hanford Republican at his Washington office to ask what happens next. Valadao feels optimistic with the Trump Administration in the White House.

“We’re going to keep pushing,” Valadao says of the multiple times a similar bill has been introduced. Before it has stalled in the Senate or received no support from the White House. Currently, California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both Democrats, say they oppose the bill.

Without naming anyone specifically, Valadao feels the divisive nature of the bill can be hinged on Bay Area members of congress. “They are talking out of both sides of their mouth. They are willing to implement regulations on us, like the San Joaquin River settlement, but won’t touch their own water source, the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir,” Valadao says.

Watch the interview to see more of Valadao’s thoughts on President Trump’s involvement and how important it is to interact with other Congress members and Senators.

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