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California drought: House Republicans take aim at water rules
California drought: House Republicans take aim at water rules

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Wednesday billed as a response to the California drought, but the measure is unlikely to go further in the face of a White House veto threat and opposition from the state’s Democratic senators. Still, the action highlights the growing interest on Capitol Hill in trying to do something about the water shortage, a potentially hot issue in this year’s elections. Democratic lawmakers are calling for hearings and hurriedly drafting legislation of their own. The House bill would, among other things, roll back environmental protections and halt restoration of a dried-up stretch of the San Joaquin River that is...

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