North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, blasted a Republican proposal outlining budget appropriations for the balance of the current fiscal year.

The proposal, officially dubbed House Resolution 1, the continuing resolution, would strip funding for important state water initiatives, including federal regulations protecting salmon, and would have “catastrophic” economic impacts on Thompson's 1st District, the congressman said in a press release.

”The majority party's continuing resolution contains reckless language that could potentially destroy the recreational and commercial salmon fishing industry in my district,” Thompson said in the release. “By defunding the biological opinions protecting salmon, this bill threatens not only local stocks but thousands of fishing families across our district, the rest of the state and Oregon.

”We know that with the right tools and careful water management, we can meet our water needs in a cost-effective way and restore salmon runs and coastal economies,” Thompson continued. “We need to continue reaching for balanced solutions to California's water challenges. This bill undermines that effort.”

Earlier this week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, publicly condemned the House's continuing resolution for potentially exacerbating California's water problems. During a floor speech Wednesday, Thompson joined Feinstein in urging Republicans to rethink cuts to key water initiatives in California, particularly those affecting commercial salmon fisheries.