McCarthy applauds passage of Energy and Water Funding Bill, Lake Isabella Project funds

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. - Today, Congressman McCarthy voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water appropriations bill, the annual funding bill that funds the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies.  Notably, the bill includes $28.2 million in important funding that McCarthy supports for the Lake Isabella Project.  As the Corps moves into the preconstruction, engineering, and design phase and initial construction, these funds will ensure the project continues to move forward.

“This is a critical project for the residents of Bakersfield, the Kern River Valley, and all of Kern County,” said McCarthy. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands the importance of completing this project as quickly as possible, and I will continue to work with the Corps to ensure that they address the needs of our community. This week’s action by the House is an important step to enable the Corps to ramp up activities to break ground on this project in an expeditious manner.”

McCarthy voted in support of the FY 2014 Energy & Water appropriations bill (H.R. 2609), which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 227-198.  The overall bill provides $30.4 billion in funding, a cut of $2.9 billion below the FY 2013 enacted level, as the House continues to reduce overall government spending to cut the annual deficit while funding necessary infrastructure projects across the nation.

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