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NTU urges support on the following amendments to H.R. 3080:
October 23, 2013
As the House begins consideration of amendments to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, NTU urges Representatives to support the following amendments:
#51: Bentivolio (R-MI): This amendment would nearly triple the sum of deauthorized projects stricken from the Army Corps of Engineers backlog, amounting to $35 billion instead of $12 billion. Currently, the Corps backlog adds up to a staggering 1,000 studies and projects with a price tag of at least $60 billion, with projects dating all the way back to 1843. By requiring the deauthorization of $12 billion in outdated projects, H.R. 3080 takes an important first step in prioritizing and eliminating some of the backlog. However, the bill’s $10 billion in authorized spending means only a paltry $2 billion in net reductions to the growing problem the Corps and taxpayers are forced to contend with. This amendment would be a significant reform to a long-standing problem.
Roll call votes on these amendments to H.R. 3080 will be included in our annual Rating of Congress and “YES” votes will be considered the pro-taxpayer position.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift (703) 683-5700