Washington, DC – Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which would address the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure and help strengthen our nation’s economic competitiveness:
“I am pleased the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which allows the Army Corps of Engineers to plan, design, and construct water projects, like locks and dams, throughout the country. This fiscally-responsible legislation will ensure that our waterways remain safe and efficient, while promoting American competitiveness and job creation. Furthermore, this bill puts Congress back on track to address water infrastructure policy every two years, marking a return to regular order. This legislation contains no earmarks and follows the transparent approval process signed into law in 2014.
“As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I secured language that would enhance the ability of water districts to improve the capture of stormwater at local dams. I also championed a provision that would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to review and potentially fund environmental infrastructure projects, which can help address the nation’s overall water supply issues. I am proud to have worked on this bipartisan bill, and I am hopeful conferees will work quickly to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.