WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2018:

“Today the House passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). This WRDA bill strengthens flood protection projects that are so critical to protecting Louisiana families and communities, and also reinforces Louisiana’s economic stability. Working together with other Members of our delegation, we were able to provide further reforms to the Corps of Engineers and elevate the priority of important flood and navigation projects throughout south Louisiana.  As a leading export state and a top oil and gas producer, the strength and durability of our ports, waterways, and coastline is critical to protecting our communities, as well as strengthening our role in the global economy. I’m proud to see Congress reinforcing the need of critical infrastructure investment and removing bureaucratic red tape that is currently preventing local projects from being built and maintained. This House-passed WRDA bill is a strong step in the right direction to make government more effective, affordable, and accountable to the people we represent.”


The 2018 House WRDA bill includes a number of provisions that reform the Corps of Engineers, strengthen flood protection, and improve waterway navigation in Louisiana’s First District, including: