House Passage of WRDA Seen As ‘Prelude to Authorization’
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 14, 2005) — After
a successful floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today
to approve passage of a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
authorization bill, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
applauded committee and subcommittee leaders for championing the
legislation, noting that this is a prelude to conference and final
passage of one of the most critically-needed authorization bills of
“America’s ports depend upon a regular,
biennial cycle of new project authorizations to improve federal
navigation channels to accommodate calls from a modern world fleet
of deep-draft ships,” remarked Nagle. “This bill is critical to
maintaining America’s position as a dominate world trading partner
and ports as engines of the nation’s economic growth.”
Nagle said that AAPA and its U.S. member ports
“are very appreciative” of the support provided by
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Don Young (R-AK)
and Ranking Member James Oberstar (D-MN), along with Water Resources
and Environment Subcommittee Chair John Duncan (R-TN) and Ranking
Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).
The last WRDA bill was signed into law in 2000.
In the intervening half-decade, as demand for critical water
resources projects has accumulated, so have the costs to implement
them, making it more difficult to secure passage of a new WRDA.
Nagle noted that the most important thing HR
2864 does, in addition to needed project authorizations, is set the
stage for timely biannual authorization bills in the future.
He said that approving a WRDA bill every two years ensures
the competitiveness of America’s exports while permitting the
country’s access to low-cost imports, which helps control