Rep. Meadows’ Amendment Passes in WRDA Bill
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congress passed H.R. 8, the Water Resources and Development Act of 2018, and included an amendment from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to prioritize the operation, maintenance, and improvement of existing infrastructure in the U.S.
Meadows’ amendment directs the Secretary of the Army to prioritize the operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure in America to improve its reliability. While WRDA makes worthwhile and needed investments into new infrastructure projects, the needs for America’s existing infrastructure are significant. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, if America fails to invest in the current, ailing infrastructure system by 2025, the U.S. economy can be expected to ‘lose almost $4 trillion in GDP, resulting in a loss of 2.5 million jobs in 2025.”
Rep. Meadows released the following statement after the bill passed:
“This is a bill that invests in infrastructure essential to improving America’s competitiveness, strengthening the economy, and protecting local communities. But in the process of making those investments, Congress has a duty to protect taxpayer funds from being misused or wasted. The last thing taxpayers need is wasteful or expensive new infrastructure projects when the country’s existing roads, highways, bridges, ports, airports, the electric grid, and water and sewer systems are both aging and in disrepair. I’m hopeful my amendment can put the emphasis where it should be—on the needs of the existing infrastructure system, so that taxpayers are best served.
I applaud my good friend, Chairman Shuster, for his leadership on moving his third WRDA through the Transportation Committee, and I want to thank him for his support of my amendment.”
Watch Rep. Meadows’ floor speech on his amendment here.
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