Mark Kelly: ‘So important that the other states step up’ in Southwest drought

The state of the drought is currently “not existential,” Kelly said, highlighting provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act for water resiliency and storage, as well as funds to address the drought in the Inflation Reduction Act.

However, he said the potential consequences of inaction could be seen across the country, because of farming in the region: “It’s also about food security for our entire nation,” Kelly said.

Kelly said in June: “Arizona’s done everything that Arizona has been asked … but we need partners and long-term commitments from the federal government.”

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