Reichert Statement on WRRDA Passage

May 20, 2014 Issues:

Washington, D.C. – Today, after the House passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) issued the following statement:

“Washington State is positioned as America’s gateway to the Pacific Rim region.  Washington ports not only provide for the export of goods from, and import of goods into, the state, but the overwhelming majority of these goods make their way to other parts of the country.  Not only that, but our success in a global economy also depends on good, reliable infrastructure that leads to more jobs and efficient movement of goods.  The legislation we passed today helps us do that by recognizing the needs of ports like the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma through expanded uses of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, it works to protect the Columbia Basin from invasive species and allows the Army Corps to accept funding from non-Federal entities to allow greater efficiency in completing their projects.  With steps like these and the many other benefits gained by this bill, Washington State will only see further economic growth and success.”