Congressman Farenthold Discusses His Time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Our district is home to five ports and a portion of the Gulf Coast Waterway. It has been estimated that Texas waterways will transport over 766 million tons of cargo by 2030. This is why I am glad the President signed into law H.R.3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). I co-sponsored and provided language in this legislation that expands an Army Corps assessment of the operation and maintenance needs of the entire Gulf Intracostal Waterway System.

This legislation will better our ports while cutting red tape, growing the economy, and saving taxpayer dollars by eliminating government waste. Specifically, projects relating to this legislation that help improve our transportation infrastructure and networks will add almost one million jobs to the Texas economy. Also, Texas is home to three ports designated by the Department of Defense as strategic military ports. WRRDA contains investments in these ports to strengthen our national defense. WRRDA will help put Texans on a path toward prosperity by creating more jobs, increasing our nation’s competitiveness, and promoting economic growth.

I also held meetings with federal, state, and local officials emphasizing the need for funding for the Harbor Bridge project, as well funding for Highway 69 renovations. These projects are critical to our district because not only will they help you in your everyday travels, but they will also strengthen our transportation infrastructure and help our economy grow.


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