WCI Applauds USACE Emergency Funding in House Committee Bill

Friday, June 17, 2011

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is encouraged by the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of its version of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill and an amendment offered by House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen providing $1.028 billion in emergency funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage caused by recent storms and floods on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and to prepare for future disasters.

 
The emergency funding is offset by a rescission of the remaining emergency High Speed Rail funding that was originally approved in the stimulus bill. The emergency funding in the amendment must still go through the legislative process in the House and the Senate, and under even the best-case scenario, may not be available until the Fall.  Accordingly, WCI again calls on the Obama Administration to immediately submit to Congress a request for emergency supplemental appropriations to address the dredging and other related needs that have arisen on the entire Mississippi River system, and particularly on the Lower Mississippi River, as a result of the unprecedented high water on that system this year. 
 
“While we appreciate the action taken by the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, we need immediate funding to address the problems we face on the river system right now, “said Cornel Martin, President/CEO of WCI.  “Our nation’s waterways system, recently ravaged by natural disasters, needs critical funding to help restore damage caused by flooding and high-water in order to allow our exports to continue to reach world markets and our economy to rebound,” Martin continued.
 
 
Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Crewman Claims Ferry Captain "Rushed Back To Bridge"

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago rushed back to the bridge after it started listing severely and tried in vain to right the vessel,

Canaveral Tops State List for Sand Bypass Funding

The Canaveral Harbor Inlet Sand Bypass Project has earned the top state ranking for 2014/15 inlet management funding. As a result, Port Canaveral is expected to receive $100,

Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.6366 sec (2 req/sec)