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Rep. John Lewis Heartened by Special Master’s Decision in Georgia Water Case

February 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis made this statement when he heard that the Special Master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to adjudicate Georgia’s water dispute with Florida ruled in Georgia’s favor.

“I was pleased to hear that this long-standing dispute between our state and Florida, as well as Alabama, may be moving to a sound conclusion.  As the dean of the Georgia delegation, I can say that the water crisis represents one instance where members have worked in a bipartisan fashion throughout the delegation and across party lines to help resolve the conflicts in this matter. 

"Our members have always held that this was an issue best decided by the individual states involved.  Once Congress gets involved our action would have national implications that could destabilize long-standing agreements between other states affecting their use of a vital resource, water. 

“Today’s decision is a major step.  Once the courts have settled the matter, the issues affecting people’s lives and livehoods remain.  There will be a continuing mandate for the governors of the three states to work together to respond to the needs of the region.  I hope lines of communication between the three states will remain open, once this matter is finally settled, and discussion will continue for the good of the people of the Southeast and this nation.”