(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the US Bureau of Reclamation followed through with a their commitment to $15 million in drought relief for the Klamath Basin. The funds come after LaMalfa and former congressman Walden secured an important funding authorization change in the last Congress to ensure project farmers could receive the aid. LaMalfa personally spoke to Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland regarding expediting the funds.
Rep. LaMalfa stated, “I am happy to see the funds we announced in April finally being delivered to farmers in the basin. They are struggling to make it through one of the most difficult years on record. While I continue to work with strong bipartisan support to deliver a comprehensive aid package to farmers, tribes, fishermen, and wildlife and their refuges, these funds are a down payment that will help farmers who are struggling because water they own and pay for was not delivered to them. I am thankful to Secretary Haaland for working with me to deliver these funds.
Reps. LaMalfa and Bentz announced earlier this summer a comprehensive relief package for the Klamath Basin. Bipartisan work and negotiations on that package continue until a final package can be enacted.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
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