Brown calls congressional drought bill 'divisive'

California Governor Jerry Brown, left, talks with General Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Jeffrey Kightlinger during a meeting in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan 30, 2014. Brown is meeting with water managers from across Southern California as the state grapples with extreme drought conditions. (AP Photo)

February 3, 2014 2:21:41 PM PST
Gov. Jerry Brown says a Republican congressional effort to address California's unprecedented drought is an "unwelcome and divisive intrusion" in the state's efforts to address the crisis.

In a letter sent Monday to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Brown asked lawmakers to oppose HR3964, which is scheduled to be taken up this week.

It would allow farmers to increase pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and create a House-Senate committee to tackle water problems.

California officials announced last week they will not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies this spring, the first time that has happened in the 54-year history of the State Water Project.

Brown says the federal legislation would interfere with the state's efforts and would "re-open old water wounds."