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rence Report On H.R. 3183, Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, D.C.


Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the conference report for the Energy and Water appropriations bill.

This bill commits $180 million in Federal funding for critical Everglades restoration projects. While it is less than the administration request and the House-funded level, it represents a firm commitment from this Congress. To be clear, we must move boldly forward in saving this unique national treasure. Time is our enemy, and we have delayed too long.

In 2000, Congress authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan as a State-Federal partnership to restore the ailing River of Grass. However, to date, the State has outspent the Federal Government by more than 2 to 1.

Finally, after 8 years of inaction, we are beginning to meet our commitment--and I can't thank Chairman Pastor and Chairman Obey enough for their steadfast support of funding to restore the Florida Everglades to its once pristine state--with significant funding in the FY09 bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well, and now in the FY10 legislation.

Chairman Obey, Chairman Visclosky and Chairman Pastor, your leadership on this effort will not be forgotten. It will preserve a national treasure for years and years to come so that my children and my children's children can enjoy the Florida Everglades. Today's bill is a positive step forward for the Everglades, and I hope it will spur further action in the next fiscal year.


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