McMorris Rodgers: Supporting Bipartisan Waterways Legislation Without Earmarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3080, the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which streamlines and strengthens water transportation networks to help create jobs and support economic growth.

“America is blessed with an unparalleled network of natural harbors and rivers that create jobs and grow the economy. By strengthening and maintaining the many ports, channels, locks, and dams that support maritime trade, we help ensure a thriving water infrastructure and a healthy economy. I applaud Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster for his leadership in bringing this overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation to the Floor without earmarks as we continue our efforts to create good-paying jobs.”

WRRDA contains zero earmarks and makes reforms to increase accountability and Congressional oversight. Additionally, it cuts red tape by deauthorizing $18 billion of inactive projects.