South Valley Congressman Devin Nunes scored a big victory on Leap Day. By a vote of 246 -- to -- 175, the House passed HR 1837... the Nunes-sponsored Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate where it faces a major battle. The Obama Administration has already promised a veto if the bill makes it to the President's desk.
This water bill is a rarity in the House... exclusive to California. The legislation changes plans to restore the San Joaquin River and gives more water to agriculture. Nunes says his proposal would guarantee adequate water deliveries.
Opponents claim the plan is a "water grab" that harms salmon and disrupts California's complex network of water-sharing agreements.
I recently interviewed Congressman Nunes on the telephone after his bill won passage in the House. Click on the video player to hear Nunes explain how the water bill works, what it means for farmers and residents in the Central Valley, his challenge to Senator Diane Feinstein, and his reaction to the threatened veto.