By Tara Kavaler || Arizona Republic
The Arizona Republic asked Rep. Debbie Lesko, a series of questions ranging from policy issues such as water rights and the war in Ukraine to district needs.
Lesko, R-Ariz., is running unopposed for her third full U.S. House term in the Nov. 8 general election.
Below are her written responses:
Arizona is facing massive cuts in its water rights from the Colorado River after decades of drought. What, if anything, should Congress do to manage this issue for the state?
“Due to the importance of water availability in Arizona, I recently led a Congressional delegation letter to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior asking the Department of the Interior to help expedite water negotiations between the Colorado River Basin States, delineate the authority they believe the Department of the Interior has in case the states don’t reach an agreement on their own, encourage California to take their fair share of water cuts, and update Congress on water negotiations with Mexico. I led this letter after I organized a bipartisan Congressional briefing from the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project.”