(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the House passed S.1811, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a voice vote. This biennial legislation authorizes water projects across the United States, and reforms programs within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Office. Army Corps projects improve America’s ports and harbors, inland waterway navigation, levees, dams and other water-related infrastructure.
LaMalfa said: “This year’s WRDA will help to further develop our nation’s water infrastructure. Rather than further increase the federal deficit, Congress has directed the Corps to reinvest funding that was set aside for decades-old projects which are no longer going to be built. This bill also empowers our local governments to take control of the construction phase on water projects. As we have successfully seen in the North State, local flood control agencies, such as Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, know how to deliver projects on time and under budget. When we let them take the reins, the American taxpayer can save hundreds of millions of dollars. As a Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I’m glad to see a bipartisan water infrastructure bill pass the House and help us make progress.”
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