Ros-Lehtinen Pleased With Passage of The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 That Includes Language That Would Allow The City of Layton To Seek Reimbursement From The Army Corps Of Engineers
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is pleased with today's overwhelming passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) that includes language that would allow the City of Layton to seek reimbursement from the Army Corps of Engineers. Ros-Lehtinen voted for this legislation even though the White House recently issued a near veto threat because of its objections to any authorized credit for work completed prior to the signing of a project cooperation agreement.
The language inserted in the Bill provides for the reimbursement for municipalities, such as the City of Layton, for work undertaken prior to the signing of project agreements. Layton has had to incur millions of dollars in wastewater project costs which were funded by the Army Corps of Engineers but the funds were never passed on to the City. Ros-Lehtinen and her staff worked closely with the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the Committee to assure that the provision was included in the final draft. Layton incurred over $800,000 in costs that they are now needing in other areas of their municipal budget.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I was dismayed to learn of the President's veto threat but I believe that the City of Layton needs to be reimbursed for this work; plain and simple. I still hold out hope that the White House and the Congress can reach an agreement on this matter so that we do not have to go back to square one on WRDA."