Jan 22, 2015 2:29 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are publicly blaming each other over who derailed congressional efforts last year to pass a drought relief bill for California.
McCarthy, a Republican, maintains that lawmakers were close to passing legislation last year, but objections from Boxer spoiled negotiations between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Republicans.
Boxer says talks faltered because some parties that would have been affected by the water bill weren't allowed to participate.
The finger-pointing underscores the differences lawmakers will have to overcome if Congress is to pass legislation that would bring more water to the state's farm belt.
The GOP has strengthened its hand by taking the majority in the Senate. Still, it will have a difficult time generating a veto-proof vote without Boxer's support.
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