San Joaquin River restoration would stop and Central Valley irrigation deliveries ostensibly rise under a Republican spending bill poised for House passage Thursday.
The controversial water provisions may not last long, as they confront serious Senate objections. The aqua-politics signal sent Californians, though, is clear: Get ready to rumble.
In particular, the water provisions intensify the clash between angry House Republicans and California's two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
"They're going to get hit every time there's a chance for them to get hit," Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, said Wednesday. "Now, they won't be hiding. Now, they've got to fight for their environmental wacko friends."
Nunes authored the California water provisions and succeeded in inserting them into a much-larger, 359-page spending bill. He also succeeded in provoking a fight.