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John Garamendi

5 questions crucial to future of California drought legislation

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives' passage Thursday of an ambitious and controversial California water bill now starts a round of maneuvering that will show whether a divided Congress can get its act together and legislate. There's reason for skepticism. Start with the general gridlock and incessant partisanship that has earned Congress a 79 percent public disapproval rate. Add to this the inherent regional conflicts, historical baggage and technical complications that surround Western water, and the odds for legislative success sink further. Even judging the significance of federal water legislation invites some skepticism. As House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of...