Graves and Hartzler praise WRDA 2020 passage


Graves and Hartzler praise WRDA 2020 passage

The ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee says the House passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) this week brings important revisions to his district of North Missouri such as expanding the Lower Missouri River Basin Flood Risk and Resiliency plan.

Congressman Sam Graves says the bill will give the Corps of Engineers new construction authority for communities facing repetitive flooding events, “We’re also demonstrating that when we work with partnership instead of partisanship we can accomplish great things for the infrastructure and for the American people.”

He says the bill is critical for not only flood control but also navigation, ports, locks, dams, and other water resources infrastructure.

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says “Missouri is still recovering from the horrible flooding in 2019” and bipartisan passage of the bill “is a sign of relief for the great Show Me State.”

One of the provisions decreases the local cost share burden for projects funded through the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which Hartzler says would allow for expedited completion of lock and dam projects on the Missouri River and long-term savings.

Hartzler and Graves pushed for the flood risk provisions. The House WRDA bill would provide $8.6 Billion dollars for federal water infrastructure projects while a proposed Senate bill would provide just over $5 Billion.