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Ros-Lehtinen Pleased That WRDA Will Become Law As It

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Ros-Lehtinen Pleased That WRDA Will Become Law As It

Includes Language That Would Allow The City of Layton To Apply

For Reimbursement From The Army Corps Of Engineers

Washington, DC -- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased with today's vote to override President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act conference report (WRDA) that includes language that would allow the City of Layton to seek reimbursement from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Senate still needs to vote on the override but passage is expected there as well. The vote to override the veto was 361 to 54.

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.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I am pleased that we were able to override the President's veto of this important water works bill. We still need a similar vote outcome in the Senate but my colleagues there inform me this will be the case. The City of Layton will now be able to apply for reimbursement from the federal government for work already completed on their wastewater project."

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