KDAL: Bill Continues Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
WASHINGTON, D,C, (KDAL) - The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was passed by the House of Representatives this week.
Minnesota 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan tells KDAL news the bill includes the reauthorization of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through 2020 at 300 million dollars per year.
Nolan says, it was a good bill overall and contains several important bipartisan projects for this area. It ensures funding for the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration Program, and encourages the Army Corps of Engineers to use American made goods in civil works projects.
However, Nolan is disappointed that a provision of the bill that would prevent raiding of the Harbor Maintenance Fund for other purposes was removed. He says Senators Franken and Klobuchar will join him in trying to get that restored during a House-Senate conference committee,
Nolan also voted for the legislation to keep the federal government running through December 9th but does not agree with the "governing by crisis management" of repeated short-term stop gap funding bills.
Nolan has introduced the "No Government, No Pay Act" where members would have to forego pay during any government shutdown.