Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse have responded to legislation intended to protect the operations of the Snake and Columbia River dams. House Resolution 3144 is a bipartisan piece of legislation, that would return water flows to figures used just a few weeks ago.
“The lower Columbia and Snake River dams are critical infrastructure in our region, providing many benefits that include flood control, navigation, irrigation, recreation, and clean, low-cost, carbon-free power,” said Reps. Newhouse and McMorris Rodgers. “The judge’s order increasing forced spill and mandating the possibility of breaching flies in the face of the current collaborative framework that is the result of years of study and stakeholder input. Our legislation would allow the continued operation of the dams under that framework to preserve the benefits of our energy infrastructure while continuing to invest in fish recovery efforts. Dams and fish can coexist, and we look forward to House consideration of our legislation to ensure that essential infrastructure assets in the Pacific Northwest are not removed.”
Additional cosponsors of H.R. 3144 include:
- Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
- Greg Walden (R-OR)
- Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
- Mark Amodei (R-NV)
- Raul Labrador (R-ID)
- Greg Gianforte (R-MT)
Several environmental organizations, as well as Washington Governor Jay Inslee have voice their opposition to HR 3144.
The Committee on Natural Resources will hold a markup on H.R. 3144 on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in 1324 Longworth House Office Building.
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