Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) yesterday joined his colleagues on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and unveiled their Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013.

Through this legislation, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to develop, maintain, and support our Nation’s vital ports and waterways infrastructure needs, and support targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs.  Historically, Congress has passed similar legislation every two years to provide clear direction to the Administration and the Corps, but no bill has been signed into law since 2007.  The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will be one of the most reform focused measures of its kind in the last two decades.

“My constituents sent me to Washington to work on the significant infrastructure needs of South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, such as deepening the Georgetown Port,” said Congressman Rice.  Nearly 13 million jobs  rely on water infrastructure.  My top priority is jobs.  The legislation we rolled out today will break down the barriers holding up water infrastructure projects, which will ultimately create and support high wage American jobs.  WRRDA also cuts red tape, streamlines government process to prevent waste, and fully offsets new authorizations by deauthorizing huge backlogs of old projects.  Overall this bipartisan bill will give our nation’s infrastructure the attention it needs for us to compete globally.”