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After failing to oppose a radical partisan water grab bill to send more water out of Sacramento County in the midst of a historic drought, former Congressman Doug Ose is now also opposing a bill that would block the federal government from funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The BDCP would build twin tunnels under the delta to send even more water from our region south and cost taxpayers at least $25 billion.

In an article in today's Sacramento Bee about Dr. Bera's new bill to block funding for the BDCP Ose called the funding blocking measure "a political smokescreen."

But in his so-called "water plan" and in several places throughout his website former Congressman Ose says he'd "introduce legislation immediately to deny Federal funding for Governor Brown’s $25 billion pipe dream."

So which is it? Does he support funding or doesn’t he?

"Former Congressman Ose either has no understanding of how to deal with California's drought or he's simply playing politics with Sacramento County residents' livelihoods," said Bera spokesperson Allison Teixeira. "This historic drought is a serious crisis and it's hurting real people in our region. While Ose is changing his mind about whether or not he wants to send more water out of Sacramento County, Dr. Bera is busy working hard on solutions to actually help families, businesses, and farmers who are suffering. True leaders put people before politics to help those in need, and it's a shame that Doug Ose isn't doing that."

Bera’s bill, the Stop the Tunnels Act of 2014, blocks FY 2015 federal funds from being used on the BDCP. Besides fighting flawed plans like BDCP and the radical Republican water grab bill, Bera has also helped secure funding for the Folsom Dam project which will increase water storage capacity in future crises, and helped pass the Emergency Drought Relief Act. Additionally, he has advocated for increased flexibility at the Folsom Dam and supports bills to expand the Shasta Dam, to increase storage at the San Luis reservoir, and to carry out a project for upper San Joaquin River storage.


Dr. Ami Bera represents Sacramento County in Congress. He’s working to make Congress a place for service and fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, Bera is leading the charge to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges, and worked to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra.