Shuster Statement on President's Speech in Jacksonville: Apparently We Can Wait
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement following the President's speech today in Jacksonville, Florida:
“Just over a year ago President Obama highlighted his commitment to expediting the study for harbor deepening at the Port of Jacksonville, so that it could accommodate the larger ships expected to use the expanding Panama Canal. As part of his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, he talked about finalizing this project review by April 2013. However, that date has come and gone, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still has not completed the necessary reviews to send a request to Congress for approval of this project. Apparently we can wait.
“One of my top priorities is moving forward with Water Resources Reform and Development legislation to accelerate project delivery, streamline environmental reviews, and reform the Army Corps of Engineers bureaucracy. It is also essential that these reforms apply to all water infrastructure projects, not just a select handful. We need fiscally responsible solutions that cut red tape and improve our essential infrastructure. Our transportation systems are critical to the economic success of American businesses and job creators, and their effectiveness has a tremendous impact on our competitiveness and our quality of life. I hope the President will support these important efforts.”
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