What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : Agriculture : H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Protect Fish and Wildlife in the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. (2003 house Roll Call 380)
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H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Protect Fish and Wildlife in the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges.
house Roll Call 380     Jul 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Water-intensive alfalfa sprouts planted by California and Oregon farmers have caused water shortages and droughts in those states, especially in the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges located in Northern California and Southern Oregon. During debate on the 2004 Interior appropriations bill, Congressman Blumenauer (D-OR) offered an amendment which would have prevented alfalfa farmers from planting their crops in water-starved areas in the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. Progressives supported Blumenauer's amendment as a way to protect fish and wildlife in those refuges from water-hungry crops. In 2002, Progressives noted, 33,000 fish went belly-up in the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges as a result of dried-up rivers and streams. The water from those streams, Progressives noted, had been absorbed by water-intensive alfalfa farming. Blumenauer's amendment to cut back on farming in and around the wildlife areas was defeated on a vote of 197-228.

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