Scalise and Louisiana Colleagues Applaud Corps Announcement of Projects to Receive Critical Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) made the following statements after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced which projects in Louisiana will receive critical dredging and maintenance funding from the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019.
"As home to the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana serves as a critical gateway to the world, moving 500 million tons of cargo in international trade on the river and through our ports," said Whip Scalise. "While there is still work to do, I’m pleased with the Corps’ commitment to maintaining and securing our waterways which are not only vital to Louisiana’s economy, but also to our national economy. Securing funding for dredging of the Mississippi River ensures Louisiana will remain competitive as we continue to meet our nation’s maritime demands."
“This is welcome news for Louisiana communities affected by recent floods,” said Senator Cassidy. “This funding is part of our national effort to repair and improve infrastructure, strengthen our waterways and protect communities from future storms. Our delegation has worked tirelessly to secure this federal support for Louisiana projects.”
“The Mississippi River is the lifeblood of Louisiana, generating thousands of jobs as American products are shipped through Louisiana to markets around the world,” said Senator Kennedy. “The projects selected by the Army Corps of Engineers will receive critical funding for dredging and infrastructure improvements, which will strengthen our waterways and support the surrounding communities.”
"The Mississippi River is an essential asset for the United States," said Congressman Garret Graves. "Proper maintenance, dredging and other management activities along South Louisiana’s portion of the Mississippi River and other key navigation channels in our state are fundamental to the success of the U.S. economy, our national security, and directly impact the 31 states that rely on the river system for commerce, drainage, irrigation and countless other requirements for life in America. This funding is an important component of a broader and ongoing investment strategy necessary to ensure the Mississippi River’s functionality and our nation’s prosperity."
For a full list of projects, please see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release.