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Sanford's Statement on House Passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) voted in favor of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which passed the House on a 417-3 vote:

"I voted in favor of the WRRDA bill today because it represents an important step forward for Charleston and businesses not only in our region, but across the state, as it is vital to ensuring Charleston's Post-45 harbor deepening stays on schedule," said Sanford. "But I think that in addition to the economic impact back home, the cost cutting measures and the provisions to increase efficiency, ultimately there's a bigger consideration here which is a constitutional question on the balance of power."

"This bill is about reclaiming authority that many contended was ceded to the Executive Branch," added Sanford. "I applaud the fact that this bill contains no earmarks, yet preserves the role of the Congress in determining spending priorities, rather than abdicate that responsibility to the Executive Branch."

"In too many ways it seems to me we are moving towards an imperial Presidency without traditional checks and balances. Beyond the necessity of funding national infrastructure, this bill's greatest accomplishment may well be its work in maintaining the balance of power."

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