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Boehner wading into the fight over California water




A truck transports a load of hay through the dry mountains of the Tejon Pass in Lebec, California, January 22, 2014. Amid California's driest year on record, Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in the state. The lack of rain has put the state's ranchers under pressure, forcing them to buy the hay which they would normally grow themselves to feed their animals.
A truck transports a load of hay through the dry mountains of the Tejon Pass in Lebec, California, January 22, 2014. Amid California's driest year on record, Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in the state. The lack of rain has put the state's ranchers under pressure, forcing them to buy the hay which they would normally grow themselves to feed their animals.
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It's not news to us anymore here in California, but it's dry. Too dry.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought here last week and made a reference to it in his State of the State speech yesterday. As Governor Brown was speaking, House Speaker John Boehner was gathering with a trio of San Joaquin Valley Republicans near Bakersfield.

They stood in a dusty cotton field to introduce emergency legislation to bring more water to valley farms. The California Report's Sasha Khokha was there.