House-passed drought bill likely to sink in the Senate
By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Washington Bureau
December 8, 2014
Tellingly, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Monday said that she can’t support some of the provisions in the current House bill, despite negotiating progress that has convinced her an eventual bipartisan compromise is possible.
“There are several other provisions that would waive environmental protections that need to be changed before I could support them,” Feinstein said Monday. “I have said all along that I will not support a bill that would waive these protections, and that remains true today.”
Feinstein’s reluctance seems almost certainly fatal to the legislative effort this Congress, because of the central role she’s played in trying to negotiate a bill with House Republicans. Those negotiations continued quietly until recent days.
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