Congressman Blum Introduces Measure to Expedite Cedar Rapids Flood Project
Bipartisan Amendment to Be Considered by House this Week
Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced that he has filed an amendment with the support of Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and David Young (R-IA) to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 that calls for construction of the Cedar Rapids Flood Project to be expedited.
The Cedar Rapids project was approved by Congress in 2014, however, despite Congressional approval the Obama Administration has not yet included the project in its budget. The opportunity to offer this amendment arose upon last week’s announcement that WRDA is expected to be considered by the House this week after passing the Senate earlier this month, and coincidentally occurs with the major flooding happening this week in Cedar Rapids.
“Yet again, we have an opportunity to make clear to the Obama Administration that the Cedar Rapids project should be a top priority. As the current flooding situation proves, this project remains necessary to protect the community, and I will continue making the case to the administration that they should release the funding,” said Congressman Blum. “I spent the weekend working alongside Iowans to prepare for the flooding, and will continue working hard in Washington to educate my colleagues on both sides of the aisle about the Cedar Rapids project so we can pass this amendment. Passing my amendment would send a strong message to the Obama Administration that Congress feels strongly that the Cedar Rapids project should be a top priority.”
Since taking office in 2014, Congressman Blum has worked to secure the funding for the Cedar Rapids project, joining Rep. Loebsack in calling on the Army Corps of Engineers (July, 2015) the House Appropriations Committee (November, 2015), and President Obama and his Office of Management and Budget (February, 2016) in joint letters to release the funds approved by Congress in 2014 for this critical project.
The text of Rep. Blum’s amendment can be read by clicking here.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.