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How the state GOP's drought relief bill undermined serious work aimed at a solution

How the state GOP's drought relief bill undermined serious work aimed at a solution

It might have been a sneaky, underhanded maneuver, or it might have been a simple miscommunication. Either way, California's GOP House delegation took a foolish step last week when members stuck an unfinished drought relief bill onto the omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2016, then suggested that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, with whom they had been negotiating for months, was on board. She wasn't.

Perhaps the thinking was that Feinstein could be bullied into accepting the House's version if it was inserted into a spending bill that must pass soon in order to keep the government in business. Or maybe the House contingent of San Joaquin Valley Republicans, who have made one attempt after...

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