Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement regarding Morganza to the Gulf and the recently released Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
"Morganza to the Gulf is vital to the flood protection for our families and businesses in Southeast Louisiana, and I will continue fighting to ensure that this project is included in the final version of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA)," Scalise said. "For years I have worked with the Morganza Action Coalition and other local officials to push the Corps of Engineers to move forward with Morganza to the Gulf after the Corps re-evaluated the project in 2005. I joined with Senator Vitter and others pressing the Corps to issue a final Chief's Report, which they did in July.
"Earlier this year, I was glad to bring House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster to Southeast Louisiana to meet with local officials and gain a better understanding of the importance of this project. While I don't serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which just issued a first draft of the bill this week, I continue working closely with Senator Vitter and Chairman Shuster to ensure that Morganza to the Gulf is included in the final bill. After 22 years of dealing with government bureaucrats, several authorizations and Chiefs Reports, as well as more than $70 million in studies, the people of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes have waited long enough. I'm glad Senator Landrieu, after nearly 20 years in Congress, agrees with Senator Vitter and me that this project is critical to providing strengthened flood protection to the people of Southeast Louisiana."