Kasim Reed

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Statement on the Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

May 21, 2014

I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives’ action today in passing the Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA). This bipartisan measure, passed with overwhelming support (412 to 4), cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy and strengthens the nation’s water transportation networks to promote long-term competitiveness, prosperity, and economic growth. Specifically, the bill authorizes federal funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

The port deepening will be Georgia’s largest economic development project and the positive impact on Atlanta cannot be overstated. The project will fuel the state, region and city’s economic growth, strengthen our global competitiveness and accelerate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s expansion as a leading logistics and cargo hub.

Through WRRDA, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to develop, maintain, and support the Nation’s vital port and waterways infrastructure needs. This vote moves us one step closer to federal funding for the deepening of the Port of Savannah. I look forward to the U.S. Senate vote in the very near future.