Blum Cedar Rapids Amendment To Receive Floor Vote Today

Amendment Calls For Expedited Construction Of Cedar Rapids Project

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Washington, DC, September 27, 2016 | comments

Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced that his amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 will receive a vote of the whole U.S House this week after being ruled in order by the Committee on Rules.

“Securing a vote on this amendment is a step in the right direction as we continue to working to encourage the Administration to release the funding for this project,” said Congressman Blum. “I thank Reps. Loebsack and Young for their support in this process and will continue working hard to build support on both sides of the aisle for this measure.”

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.

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.

More information on the Blum amendment can be found here: https://blum.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-blum-introduces-measure-expedite-cedar-rapids-flood-project

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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