Congresswoman Bustos Statement on the Passage of The Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON– Late last night, Congresswoman Bustos voted to pass the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. This legislation takes critical steps in improving our nation’s water infrastructure through the authorization of Army Corps of Engineers’ water resources projects. Additionally, this legislation includes Congresswoman Bustos’ bipartisan bill, The Navigation Workers Protection Act, which will ensure that the operation, maintenance and repair of federally-owned locks and dams continues to be performed by skilled federal employees.

The Water Resources Development Act of 2018 passed on the heels of President Trump imposing a series of tariffs on key trading partners including China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

“By passing bipartisan legislation to invest in our water infrastructure, we’re making America more competitive in the global economy,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Every year, more than 600 million tons of American goods pass through our inland waterways. Without a functional lock and dam system, there’s no way these high quality American products would get to marketplaces around the world. I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to include an amendment that will help ensure our river systems run efficiently.

“However, we still have a long way to go. This is why Democrats introduced our Better Deal to Rebuild America – a $1 trillion investment that will create 16 million good-paying jobs rebuilding our nation.

“Despite this bipartisan progress on our waterways, I’m deeply concerned by how President Trump’s trade war is making it harder for our manufacturers and agricultural producers to succeed. Hardworking Americans are doing their part already. Our farmers expect a trade policy from Washington that helps them grow their business rather than impulsive tariffs that undermine our economy.”

Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which advanced this legislation through Committee by unanimous consent on May 23, 2018.