Diaz-Balart: WRRDA Supports Florida’s Economy and Job Growth
WASHINGTON D.C. –Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013.
“The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will authorize dozens of critical projects that will strengthen our economy, foreign trade, and our environment. H.R. 3080 supports job growth and strengthens our nation’s infrastructure by reducing red tape and streamlining infrastructure projects. This bill is particularly important for Florida because of the many vital projects it authorizes. WRRDA includes modified authorization for the Deep Dredge Project at PortMiami, funding for the continuation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in Western Broward and Hendry Counties, and directs the Army Corps to expedite the completion of the Port Everglades and allows them to continue moving forward with the project. These three issues are vital to Florida’s infrastructure and ecosystem, and I have worked tirelessly with my Florida colleagues to prioritize them. Florida’s waterways and ports foster over 119,000 jobs and contribute $23.2 billion to the state’s economy, and WRRDA strongly supports those.
“I am grateful to Chairman Shuster for his willingness to work with me on issues vital to Florida and its waterways and ports. WRRDA not only invests in American infrastructure, but also in the jobs, trade, and competitiveness that are fueled by this economic engine.”
Among the key projects authorized in this bill, the following are specific to Southern Florida:
·Florida Central and Southern Florida Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Project, Hendry County
·Central and Southern Florida Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, C-111 Spreader Canal Western
·Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetland, Florida
·Central and Southern Florida Project, Broward County Water Preserve