Congressman Farenthold’s speaks on House floor in support of WIIN Act

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Washington, December 8, 2016 | Elizabeth Peace (202.225.7742) | comments

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) spoke on the House floor today in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. You can watch the video here.

Speech as prepared for delivery:

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which will improve our nation’s ports, create jobs and maintain American competitiveness in a global economy.

American ports are the backbone of our economy, with ninety-nine percent of our overseas cargo moving through our ports and more than seventy-six thousand jobs in the 27th District of Texas alone directly impacted by port activity. That’s why I authored language in the WIIN Act designed to improve our nation’s infrastructure. The first designates that multiphase projects, such as the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project, previously fully authorized and underway would not require a “new start” or “new investment” decision to continue work on separable elements.

The other would authorize feasibility studies for water projects across the nation including the Port of Corpus Christi, Port of Bay City, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and more. Removing these burdens and conducting these studies will allow American ports and infrastructure projects, like ours back home, to continue projects in a timely manner, putting Americans to work and creating greater economic opportunities.

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