Congressman McClintock's Visit to El Dorado County
On October 5th, Congressman Tom McClintock met with members of El Dorado County’s wine growing community to address concerns stemming from the recent Caldor Fire. McClintock’s remarks primarily focused on the state of our federal forest lands while taking questions from attendees. While he couldn’t offer a timeline or provide a clear path to solving the complex problems facing our federal forest lands, he at least heard some concerns.
The only near-term help for the wine industry will be the recently reauthorized WHIP+ program that will provide funds for growers hurt by smoke, fire, drought, and other natural disasters. Issues of insurance affordability were not addressed. He did state, however, that he generally does not support federally subsidized insurance (particularly for flood insurance).
Our thanks go to David Girard Winery for hosting the event and to Kara Sather of EDWA and Chuck Mansfield of Goldbud Farms and EDWGGA for spearheading the conversation and bringing the Congressman to the County.