WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 as a part of the Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus & COVID Relief Deal:

“Today, the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) as a part of the year-end COVID relief package. After working hard to get this across the finish line, I’m proud to help secure WRDA 2020 as part of the final relief package. WRDA 2020 includes several provisions I added that will strengthen flood protection for families and communities in Southeast Louisiana, and improve the navigation projects essential for Louisiana’s economy and America’s maritime industry.

“Among these provisions, this year’s bill includes authorizations for deepening Baptiste Collette, the Houma Navigation Canal, and Port Fourchon Belle Pass, all of which will improve Louisiana’s ability to move commerce on our waterways, strengthening our position as a leading export state and a top producer of our nation’s oil and natural gas supply.

“An investment in Louisiana infrastructure is an investment in the American economy, and I’m glad I was able to secure major progress on the infrastructure projects that are so important to our state and nation. I look forward to President Trump signing this into law so we can finalize a WRDA package before the end of this year.”

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The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 includes a number of provisions that benefit flood protection and waterway navigation in Louisiana’s First District, including: