Today, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida congressional delegation, announced her support for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Through this bill, Congress authorizes the key missions of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, including developing, maintaining, and supporting the Nation's economically vital waterway infrastructure and supporting effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also focuses on development of our nation's ports and, locally, PortMiami supports 207,000 jobs and has a $27 billion annual impact to our local and state economies. This bill will allow our deep dredge to be on track to create an additional 30,000 jobs for South Florida alone. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"This crucial water resources bill will assist PortMiami in increasing its ability to be competitive in the region in the decades to come and has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to South Florida. It may also help us see an increase in cargo traffic with positive economic results to our community. Without additional East Coast deep draft capacity in place by 2015, the U.S. is at risk of losing jobs to nearby foreign ports and their ready and soon-to-be-ready deep draft harbors. Simply put: this bill creates good American jobs and grows local economies. "