Congressman Steve Scalise today successfully spearheaded an effort to help ensure adequate funding of the Army Corps of Engineers Operations and Maintenance account for FY 2012 dredging activities. The Amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill passed by a vote of 241 to 168.
"This Amendment is a critical step forward to ensure that the Army Corps recognizing that dredging the Mississippi River is a national priority to protect American jobs, maintain commerce throughout our nation's waterways, and increase exports for American farmers and businesses," Scalise said. "A failure to adequately dredge our rivers will lead to harmful draft restrictions, which we've already seen on the Lower Mississippi River, and will cause unnecessary economic harm and schedule disruptions for businesses throughout the country. I will continue fighting to address this problem in order to maintain the river at a depth that allows businesses throughout the country to effectively transport their products down our rivers and out to worldwide ports."