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Cities Applaud Passage of Water Resources Bill

October 24, 2013

Washington, DC - The National League of Cities (NLC) is pleased the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development bill. This bipartisan bill advances many of the flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects that are important to local governments and our national and local economies.

“This bill will create jobs in our cities, improve the economy by restoring our harbors and ports that are essential to the movement of goods, and protect our environment through important ecosystem restoration projects,” said Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of NLC. “The bill recognizes local government leaders as key partners in efforts to restore the health of our waterways and build the critical infrastructure that supports and protects our communities.”

NLC thanks the bill sponsors, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-NY) for their leadership and support on this important issue for cities. These champions made the bill a priority for the committee and worked to garner broad bipartisan support. 

“After the contentious debates of the last few weeks, we are encouraged by the overwhelming and bipartisan support for this bill,” said Anthony. “We hope this bill will be a model for other measures that will be important to cities and towns in the coming months. We now urge the House and Senate to expeditiously move to conference committee to resolve differences between the two bills.” 

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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