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House Passes 2005 WRDA

WASHINGTON July 14, 2005- This afternoon the United States House of Representatives approved, by a vote of 406-14, the bi-partisan Water Resources Development Act of 2005, H.R. 2864, that authorizes 700 transportation, flood control, hydropower, water supply, beach renourishment, environmental restoration and recreation projects and studies. Should all of the projects be funded in future appropriations bills, $10 billion in water resources infrastructure would be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It fixes the “potholes” in the river system, stated Congressman Ray LaHood of Illinois.

Also accepted was an amendment sponsored by Congrs. Bart Stupak of Michigan, Pete Hoekstra of Michigan and Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts that would allow 293 so-called “lower-use” harbors which handle over 2/3 of the cargo traveling on the waterways of America to be dredged through a change in the performance based-budgeting guidelines.

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