Richmond Responds to House Passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act

May 22, 2014
Press Release

Washington DCRep Cedric Richmond (LA-02) issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The bill passed the House yesterday with a vote of 412-4. Today the Senate passed the bill with a vote of 91-7 and now it awaits a signature from the President.

“This bipartisan agreement is a win for the American people and specifically for the residents of Louisiana’s Second Congressional District--from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. It invests in much needed water infrastructure projects and dedicates resources to vital flood protection and environmental restoration efforts,” said Rep. Richmond.

“In Louisiana, we rely on waterways as pillars of our local economy and to connect our communities. This bill includes measures that I have long advocated for that support deeper dredging of the Mississippi River and increased capacity at our ports, thus increasing maritime commerce and growing the economy.  By strengthening flood protection and working to restore our coastal ecosystem, we protect our neighborhoods and make our communities more resilient. While there is still work to be done, this legislation is an important milestone in ensuring economic viability and secure infrastructure in Louisiana.”