Subcommittee Hearing: WOW Legislative Hearing

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Hon. Jared Huffman

On Tuesday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 4891 (Rep. Torres Small), To provide for the conduct of certain water security measures in the Western United States, and for other purposes. “Western Water Security Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 5316 (Rep. Cox), To provide for the restoration of the original carrying capacity of canals impacted by land subsidence, and for other purposes. “Move Water Now Act.”
  • H.R. 5347 (Rep. Cox), To require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a grant program to close gaps in access to safe drinking water in disadvantaged communities, and for other purposes. “Disadvantaged Community Drinking Water Assistance Act.”

The current committee schedule can also be found by visiting the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee Repository at

Witness List

Panel I – Congressional Panel 

Representative Xochitl Torres Small (H.R. 4891) 

New Mexico, 2nd District 

Representative TJ Cox (H.R. 5316 and H.R. 5347) 

California, 21st District 

Panel II – Administration 

Mr. Grayford Payne (H.R. 4891, H.R. 5316, and H.R. 5347) (testimony)

Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Administration, and Budget 

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 

Panel III – Expert Witnesses 

Mr. Jason Phillips (H.R. 5316) (testimony)


Friant Water Authority 

Fresno, CA 

Ms. Caroline Farrell (H.R. 5347) (testimony)

Executive Director 

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment Emeryville, CA 

Mr. William Bourdeau (H.R. 5316 and H.R. 5347) (testimony)

Executive Vice President 

Harris Farms 

Piedra, CA 

Mr. Gary Esslinger (H.R. 4891) (testimony)


Elephant Butte Irrigation District 

Las Cruces, NM