Sessions Statement on WRDA
by Pete Sessions on June 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM
I released the following statement in support of the comprehensive package to maintain our nation’s water resources infrastructure:
The United States is home to 12,000 navigable miles of waterways that create a powerful, interconnected web across the nation. The reality is, the health of our water resources infrastructure directly impacts local and national economic success. Investing in our water resources infrastructure is essential to generating economic growth, facilitating commerce and creating opportunities for Americans across the country.
I have seen firsthand how funding deficiencies and project delays have hindered the rebuilding of infrastructure and in turn harmed our communities. From permitting processes being delayed, to bureaucratic hoops to jump through, the red tape and lack of funding has strangled the process and stalled thousands of projects that our communities desperately need. This package rightly eliminates these unnecessary barriers and provides the Army Corps of Engineers the ability to complete these important jobs around the country.
In addition, this package also addresses concerns in flood-prone regions, including my home state of Texas. Last year, my state experienced devastating storms that destroyed everything in their path. I am pleased that this package responsibly reauthorizes the Levee Safety Initiative and the National Dam Safety Program through 2023 to help protect American communities and families from losing everything when these destructive natural disasters strike.
I firmly believe that our communities, families, and economy will deeply benefit from this package. I proudly joined my colleagues in supporting this package to responsibly invest in the resources we need to rebuild and strengthen our infrastructure.
To learn more about H.R. 8, Water Resources Development Act, click here.