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:

“I’m glad the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) today. This WRDA bill strengthens flood protection critical to families and communities in Southeast Louisiana and improves the navigation essential for the economic stability of Louisiana and the entire country.

“I, along with other Members of our Congressional Delegation, fought hard to secure reforms that will ensure that Louisiana families are not on the hook for bloated tabs when necessary flood protection and coastal restoration projects aren’t delivered by the Army Corps of Engineers in a timely and affordable manner.

“This bill also includes provisions I fought for to enhance our ability to move commerce on our waterways through authorizations for deepening Baptiste Collette, the Houma Navigation Canal, and Port Fourchon Belle Pass. It also authorizes a study for the Tangipahoa River that will produce necessary solutions for flooding in the region. Overall, this legislation strengthens Louisiana’s position as a leading export state and a top producer of our nation’s oil and natural gas supply, and I’m glad Congress is supporting the infrastructure so critical to our state and nation.” 

Background:

The 2020 House WRDA bill includes a number of provisions that benefit flood protection and waterway navigation in Louisiana’s First District, including: