WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she has dropped $300 million in emergency spending from drought-relief legislation to improve prospects for getting the bill passed.
Most parts of California are under extreme drought conditions. In February, Feinstein and other senators from the West introduced legislation designed to increase water supplies for farms and to provide them with emergency assistance. Feinstein said Thursday she had introduced a new version of that bill.
The House has passed drought legislation. Feinstein says her office is close to securing the 60 votes needed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate.
Instead of providing emergency funds for water-conservation projects and other drought-relief measures, the legislation would direct federal officials to work with the state to increase water supply without harming salmon populations.