Newhouse on Today’s Forced Spill Order at Columbia and Snake River Dams: “It’s like flushing money down the river”

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On Monday, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) hosted a press conference in Tri-Cities with representatives from Northwest RiverPartners, United Power Trades Organization, Tidewater Barge Lines, Washington Farm Bureau, and Inland Ports & Navigation Group opposing the court-mandated spill order scheduled to begin today at the eight lower Snake River and lower Columbia River dams.

“Newhouse did have some encouraging news for those opposed to the increased spill and breaching the dams. He was told Monday by U.S. House leadership that a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3144, would advance to consideration by a committee and then possibly to a vote of the full House this month, he said. The bill would keep the status quo at the Snake and Columbia River dams until at least 2022, with no court-ordered change to operations.”

Click here to read letters of support for H.R. 3144, which is sponsored by Reps. Cathy Morris Rodgers (R-WA); Dan Newhouse (R-WA); Jaime Herrera Beutler, (R-WA); Greg Walden, (R-OR); Kurt Schrader, (D-OR); Mark Amodei, (R-NV); Raul Labrador, (R-ID); and Greg Gianforte, (R-MT).

For the original story from the Tri-City Herald, click here.