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Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WHITFIELD. Mr. Chairman, I also want to thank Chairman Shuster and Chairman GIBBS and Mr. Rahall and Mr. Bishop for bringing this important legislation to the floor, and I also want to thank their staff.

This innovative legislation is vitally important to the economic well-being of our country because we have to have a strong inland waterway system in order to be competitive in the global marketplace.

Setting a priority for inland waterway projects, reforming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project delivery methods, and freeing up money in the Inland Waterway Trust Fund for these projects is vitally important, and that is what this legislation does.

I also want to thank the committee for including some of the WAVE 4 language used to improve the inland waterway system. That bill was introduced in the House and in the Senate. Some of the provisions are in here.

I also want to thank the committee for including language supporting our Nation's small ports and harbors; also for their commitment to repair the aging levees that shield many of our local communities from devastating floods, hurricanes, and other disasters. I also want to thank the committee for making sure that our freedom to fish is protected.


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