Congresswoman Lois Frankel issued the following statement on the filing of the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report. It is expected to be voted on in the House as early as Tuesday.
"I'm excited to see this bill finally come to the floor next week. It means improved water quality and more jobs for South Florida," said Frankel.
The bipartisan bill allows Port Everglades to advance towards expanding their harbor, which means the potential of thousands of new jobs and a half a billion dollars in economic impact. The bill also allows the restoration of Florida's most precious ecosystem -- the Everglades -- to move forward. This means long term improvement to the water quality, environment, and tourism in South Florida.
This legislation authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed on important water projects across the country. Historically, Congress has passed this legislation every two years, but no bill has been signed into law since 2007. As a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the WRRDA Conference Committee, Frankel worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance important Florida projects that strengthen our economy and preserve our natural resources.