Votes on bellwether payments to ban assault weapons and struggle wildfires broke down on occasion strains this week, with all Democrats within the San Diego delegation voting to cross and Republican Rep. Darrell Issa voting towards.
Laws banning assault weapons handed 217 to 213 and the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act handed 218-199. Following Friday’s actions, each payments head to the Senate, the place they face an unsure future.
Democrats Sara Jacobs, Mike Levin, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas all voted in favor of each measures. Issa didn’t present a proof of his “no” votes.
Peters has lengthy sought to resume the federal ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004. On various events, he has learn the names of gun victims on the Home flooring.
“I co-sponsored the assault weapons ban as a result of I’m bored with seeing harmless Individuals killed senselessly with military-style weapons — kids at college, grandmothers at grocery shops, households at locations of worship as we noticed with the 2019 capturing on the Chabad of Poway,” mentioned Peters after the vote.
The act would outlaw the importation, sale, manufacture, or switch of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that use a removable journal and have navy options.
The wildfire act would put money into water initiatives, wildfire suppression and land administration; enhance pay and advantages for wildland firefighters; and shield communities from catastrophic wildfires. It contains $500 million to stop key reservoirs on the Colorado River from declining to critically low water ranges.
In California, the invoice would additionally fund environmental enhancements for the Salton Sea and monitoring of the Mono and Owens lakes ecosystems.
“San Diego is on the frontlines of the local weather disaster — with rising temperatures, a worsening drought, and hearth seasons which can be rising deadlier yearly,” mentioned Jacobs. “Throughout California, our worst drought in no less than 1,200 years solely will increase the chance of extreme and lethal wildfires. We have to handle this disaster with the urgency it deserves.”
The invoice contains provisions by Levin to spend $260 million over the following 5 years for desalination initiatives just like the Doheny Ocean Desalination Undertaking and Oceanside’s Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility.
“I’m proud that the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act contains two of my payments to put money into desalination initiatives that enhance the provision of consuming water, in addition to my laws to make sure federal businesses take steps to strengthen the reliability of our electrical grid and cut back energy shutoffs,” Levin mentioned after the vote.