USA: Massie Backs Up Harbors Maintenance Projects

The House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop and maintain the nation’s waterways.

With 276 miles along the Ohio river, Kentucky’s 4th district is vitally important to the nation’s waterborne transportation infrastructure. Congressman Thomas Massie, the only Kentuckian on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, cosponsored the legislation, which passed 417-3.

Maintaining ports and harbors has been a federal priority for over 200 years. Seaports are important to international trade and national defense; rivers provide drinking water for millions of Americans; and locks and dams facilitate inland water transport of food, coal, and minerals,” said Massie. “The President has been coordinating all of the nation’s water projects, and spending money, without congressional direction. This bill allows the people, through their representatives, to finally weigh in on these projects. I think it is time to focus on our infrastructure at home and less on the infrastructure we fund overseas.”

WRRDA is one of the most policy and reform focused measures of its kind in the last two decades. The bill contains no earmarks; de-authorizes $12 billion in inactive projects – fully offsetting the cost of new projects; streamlines project approval; and sets hard deadlines and cost controls.

“Pursuant to our Constitution, there is in fact a federal role in transportation and infrastructure. Transportation infrastructure is one of the few things Congress actually should spend money on. The constitutionality of this issue was settled two centuries ago during our nation’s infancy in 1824 with the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Gibbons v. Ogden, and congressional precedent for maintaining national infrastructure was established with the Rivers and Harbors Act that same year,” Massie concluded.

Press Release, October 30, 2013

 

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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