McMorris Rodgers Advances Water Resource Development in Eastern Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the House Republican Conference, voted today to pass the bipartisan Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA). This legislation cuts federal red tape, streamlines the delivery process for projects, promotes fiscal responsibility, and strengthens Eastern Washington’s water transportation networks.

“This legislation significantly strengthens our water transportation network – creating jobs and increasing commerce while reining in federal government overreach on our Columbia River use.  By streamlining the permitting process, corporations like Port of Walla Walla and Port of Clarkston can create more effective water resource infrastructure to boost our local economy,” McMorris Rodgers stated.

The legislation eliminated $12 billion of old, inactive projects that were authorized prior to the Water Resources and Development Act that was passed in 2007. Important to Eastern Washington, this bill maximizes the ability of non-federal interests, like ports, to contribute funds to move authorized studies and projects forward. By consolidating studies, WRRDA will accelerate project delivery and promote job growth.

“I’m proud that the City of Asotin has also received language in the WRRDA bill that would transfer Corps land to the City and allow for development in the area. I’ve worked with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to ensure that it was included in the WRRDA bill,” said McMorris Rodgers. “Eastern Washington has some of the greatest water networks in our country and they are vital to a healthy economy. This year’s WRRDA bill promotes competitiveness, prosperity, and economic growth in Eastern Washington’s ports and all across America.”

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