WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee advanced the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 to the House floor.

“I applaud Chairman Shuster and Water Resources Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves for passing the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) out of committee. This legislation dramatically increases transparency in the Corps of Engineers permitting process by enhancing local input and cutting the bureaucratic red tape plaguing flood control, coastal restoration, and navigation projects in Louisiana. I am pleased Chairman Shuster has included these important Louisiana priorities in his bill, and I will work to lead the effort to achieve the votes necessary to pass it on the House Floor,” said Whip Scalise. “As Louisiana is responsible for more than 500 million tons of waterborne commerce on the lower Mississippi River, equaling 25 percent of all U.S. waterborne commerce and 60 percent of our nation’s grain supply, an investment in our coast and ports is an investment in the American economy. “

The 2018 House WRDA bill includes a number of provisions that benefit flood protection and waterway navigation in Louisiana’s First District, including: