Bera applauds Governor Brown for declaring a drought emergency | Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California

Bera applauds Governor Brown for declaring a drought emergency

Jan 17, 2014
Press Release
Says Bay Delta Conservation Plan unsustainable

With California facing the lowest rainfall levels in its 153-year history as a state, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. joined several of his colleagues thanking Governor Jerry Brown for declaring a drought emergency in California.

“I commend Governor Brown for declaring a drought emergency in the state of California, which will help speed up relief efforts in our area. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the region to fight for federal assistance.

For the third year in a row, drought and dry conditions are hurting many Sacramento County families, small businesses, and farmers. This is only further evidence that we cannot rush into the Governor’s unsustainable Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which threatens the jobs and livelihoods of many people in our region. We must find a long-term, comprehensive plan for securing water access and storage that adds to our water supply rather than taking from it, that is based on sound science, and that does not put south-of-delta water contractors ahead of everyone in or north-of-delta.” 

The Omnibus Appropriations Act, which Bera voted for earlier this week and is now on the President’s desk, restores the federal government’s emergency drought programs.

Bera is convening a regional roundtable on the Folsom Lake and Lower American River water supply in Folsom next Tuesday. The discussion with community stakeholders, neighboring members of Congress, and other locally elected leaders will center on water supply issues and working together to address the drought crisis. Press interested in attending should email

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a co-chair of No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit