Jerry McNerney

California farm drainage deal faces Capitol Hill currents

WASHINGTON A Congress that has stumbled over a California water bill amid record drought now faces a challenging new fight over irrigation drainage.

But this time, some of the state's most politically powerful farmers have the Obama administration explicitly on their side. Together, they will be seeking approval of a far-reaching settlement that satisfies the Justice Department and Westlands Water District but alarms critics.

"I think after years of frustration, we've finally got something done," Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., said in an interview Wednesday. "It's a compromise and, like any, there was give and take on both sides."

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