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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Dems On WRDA: ‘I’m Hopeful That This Bill Will ... Quickly Become Law’

Democrat: ‘This Is A Win-Win-Win’

WRDA Passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming vote of 360-61. (S. 612, Roll Call Vote #622: Motion agreed to 360-61: R 222-17; D 138-44, 12/08/2016)

Democrats: ‘I’m Hopeful That This Bill Will ... Quickly Become Law’
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “Protecting New York’s most vital resources – like Lake Ontario and Lake Erie – remains a top priority of mine and I am committed to ensuring we get the highest level of funding for the GLRI program. We worked hard to pass this bill that has long supported vital projects across Upstate NY and its waterways, and now I’m hopeful that this bill will . . . quickly become law.” (Sen. Schumer, Press Release, 9/16/2016)

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): “I’m glad the Senate passed this bill. . . I’m especially happy we were able to get several good provisions included in the bill that benefit Massachusetts communities and families through support for infrastructure improvements. This is an important part of how the federal government can be a strong partner for our Commonwealth’s cities and towns.” (Sen. Markey, Press Release, 9/15/2016)

EPW Committee Members: ‘Some Real Wins,’ ‘A Huge Win For Our Region,’ WRDA ‘Will Create Jobs’

SEN. TOM CARPER (D-DE): “A huge win for our region included in this bill is the authorization of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which creates the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Delaware River Basin. . . Inclusion of this bill, would improve coordination among federal, state and local partners who work to protect and preserve the basin, and ensure that partners can work together to protect the health of this vital resource for generations to come. This is a win-win-win for the Delaware River Basin Watershed states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.” (Sen. Carper, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
  • CARPER: “This bill will also help Delaware’s coastal resilience by expanding our ability to reuse dredged material to build its dunes and coastlines, which are vital to protecting homes, businesses and infrastructure in our low-lying state.” (Sen. Carper, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-MD): “For the health of the Chesapeake Bay, I fought hard to ensure that Title IV of WRDA, which includes provisions related to specific river basins, watersheds and coastal areas, increases the authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Program in Maryland and Virginia from $60 million to $100 million. The health of Maryland’s oyster population is critical to the Chesapeake Bay and our natural environment. . . WRDA also makes important investments in Maryland through investments in coastal ports like the Port of Baltimore, which rely on inland navigation systems for the movement of raw and finished goods throughout the U.S. and overseas.” (Sen. Cardin, Press Release, 9/15/2016)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): “The Waterbury Dam is an essential piece of Vermont’s infrastructure. . . Maintaining and repairing the dam has long been a priority for the state. This bi-partisan legislation is a first step in rebuilding aging dams in Vermont and throughout the United States.” (Sen. Sanders, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
  • “The Senate passed an amendment Thursday introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would allow Vermont to apply for up to $10 million for repairs to the Waterbury Dam, which was built in the 1930s. The amendment was included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 . . . The Waterbury Dam is one of several dams in the United States that will be eligible to apply for the funds.” (Sen. Sanders, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): “This bill gives the green light to important projects—things like keeping our rivers and ports safe and hardening our coast against the next big storm. . . This bill’s got some real wins for Rhode Island.” (Sen. Whitehouse, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
  • “Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, helped to draft the bill, which contains a provision he authored to expand the Army Corps’ authority to clean up pilings and other marine debris from Rhode Island waterways.  Whitehouse included a provision ordering a study of innovative materials—like composites manufactured in Rhode Island—in Army Corps projects.  He negotiated an improvement to a Corps study of ecosystem restoration opportunities along the North Atlantic coast.  The bill would also take steps to address lead contamination in drinking water supported by Whitehouse.” (Sen. Whitehouse, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-OR): “This bill will create jobs by putting folks to work building new infrastructure that will keep our communities safe and expand economic opportunities. Additionally, it invests in maintenance for the small ports that are the lifeblood of Oregon’s coastal communities, helping sustain good-paying jobs all up and down the coast.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
  • “In particular, the Senators highlighted that the bill would make permanent a provision ensuring that small ports in Oregon and elsewhere are assured access to funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). The bill also provides $70 million in funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), which Senator Merkley has championed to help local communities finance safe drinking and wastewater infrastructure projects.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (D-NY): “I have fought to pass these two key provisions to help protect the long-term health of the Long Island Sound, and I am pleased the Senate passed these critical provisions as part of the Water Resources Development Act.” (Sen. Gillibrand, Press Release, 9/15/2016)
  • “U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Senate has passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorized $300 million per year, for the fiscal years 2017 through 2021, for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). This five-year reauthorization will provide $1.5 billion in total for the initiative, which has funded hundreds of projects along the Great Lakes, including many in Upstate NY along waterways like Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.” (Sen. Gillibrand, Press Release, 9/16/2016)
FLASHBACK: ‘Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Approved, In A 95-3 Vote’ WRDA In September
SEN. JIM INHOFE (R-OK): “With strong bipartisan support, the Republican-led Senate has once again moved an economy-boosting infrastructure bill with the passage of WRDA 2016.” (U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, Press Release, 9/15/2016)

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