President Obama visits Central Valley, speaks on historic drought

FRESNO, Calif. - President Obama returned to the Central Valley to address the water drought that has created miserable conditions for local farmers.

The President, along with Senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Congressman Jim Costa landed in Fresno at 2:30 p.m.

They and Governor Jerry Brown toured a farm in Los Banos to get a closer look at the effects three years of drought has had on Central California framers.

The President spoke at a round table meeting in Firebaugh at 4:30 p.m.

"Let's make sure we're getting some short-term relief to folks, but also long-term certainty for people who are going to be harmed by this drought," Said President Obama.

This year is shaping up to be the driest on record.

The President spent about three hours in the Valley before departing on Air Force One to Palm Springs.

When he first arrived he was greeted by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

"He committed to helping us, he certainly wants to be part of solutions here in Fresno and the valley," Said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

In response to the president's visit, Rep. McCarthy said, "The President’s decision to use his visit to California as an opportunity to launch a massive spending initiative to explore the impacts of climate change will simply leave California Central Valley communities dry."

McCarthy added, "Unfortunately, nothing the President proposed today changes the underlying issue that our communities are not receiving the water they have contracted and paid for; thus exacerbating the impacts of the current and future droughts. House Republicans on the other hand are continuing to work to find a bipartisan, bicameral solution to ensure our communities are not crippled by future droughts. We look forward to coming together with the Senate to find areas of common ground and commonsense to finally achieve a solution that allows desperately needed water to flow in our state."

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