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House Proceeding on Apr 21st, 2009 :: 0:53:45 to 0:57:40
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Brian Bilbray

0:53:43 to 0:54:03( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: noncontroversial bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: may i -- mr. speaker, at this time i would like to yield to the author of this piece of legislation, this bipartisan legislation, as much time as he shall consume the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized.

Brian Bilbray

0:53:45 to 0:57:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Bilbray

Brian Bilbray

0:54:04 to 0:54:25( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: mr. bilbray: as the father of five i appreciate that reference. mr. speaker, this bill is one that is balanced in time and in effort. at a time when snow packs on sierra nevada are very low, at the time the fact the water supplies of southern california

Brian Bilbray

0:54:26 to 0:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: have been cut off dramatically through a court order restriction or outright abolition on the pumping of the delta area of the san joaquin valleyecause of the endangered delta smelt, and especially because of the fact that this problem that has run in hodges, those of us in the federal government can take a little bit of responsibility here seeing the fact that a major

Brian Bilbray

0:54:47 to 0:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: contributing factor to the pollution problem in this lake was our procedure in the endangered species act, though meaning well to preserve the species, took time that created the problem. let me explain what happened. the lake low where habitatter for the lease bells was able to grow on the

Brian Bilbray

0:55:10 to 0:55:32( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: dry land during that time. when the authorities realized that this was going to become a problem, they were not allowed because of the permitting procs for what had been designated a habitat that was great for the lease bells threatened species at that time and endangered at that threatened, basically to explain

Brian Bilbray

0:55:33 to 0:55:55( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: to it the process took so long that the lake flooded out this now that habitat is decomposing and polluting the hodges. no one meant this to happen. there was no intention by either of the environmental agencies involved or by the local community to address this issue. it was just as our regulations

Brian Bilbray

0:55:56 to 0:56:17( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: go we create these less than appropriate situations. this bill is one that not only recognizes the responsibility of the federal government to the problem, but really is one that where the local community is saying we will take on the great majority of the responsibility of dressing this issue. for every dollar of federal funds committed under this bill, there will be $3 of local funds

Brian Bilbray

0:56:18 to 0:56:38( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: to address this. this is not an issue that only affects the 50th district, my district, and a small section around lake hodges. the entire southern california is amounts of w but large amount of water that is not safe to drink at this time. i think this is a good cooperative effort.

Brian Bilbray

0:56:39 to 0:57:01( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: the local community has said, we'll match you three to one. we'll hold harmless the fact the procedures didn't work out like we all liked it to do, but we'll make available a very safe drinking water and environmentally friendly way. that's basically one of those things that i think that we can look to as federal

Brian Bilbray

0:57:02 to 0:57:23( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: representatives of cooperating local community but helping the local community. and addressing concerns and problems that we might have been part and parcel involved, sticking to our responsibility as long as the local community is willing to stand up and take care of theirs. with that i would ask passage on this bill, mr. speaker.

Brian Bilbray

0:57:24 to 0:57:40( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: i think it's one of those as the chairwoman for the committee pointed out, it's a reasonable, balanced approach . when we talk about a three to one match of local, i think we've got a very strong statement here that federal government's willing to participate, especially when the community is willing to match us three to one for a

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