Blum Amendment to Expedite Cedar Rapids Flood Project Passes House
Bipartisan measure included in WRDA 2016
Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced that his amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 has passed the U.S. House. The amendment, also sponsored by Iowa Reps. Dave Loebsack and David Young, calls on the Administration to expedite the Cedar Rapids Flood Projection Project that was authorized by Congress in 2014.
“I am grateful to my colleagues in the House for their support of my bipartisan amendment,” said Congressman Blum. “Passing this amendment sends a clear message from the U.S. House that we consider the Cedar Rapids project a top priority, and I hope the Administration acts accordingly by releasing the funding that Congress approved in 2014.”
VIDEO: Congressman Blum speaks in support of his amendment in the House: http://bit.ly/2d9N9bj
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 would 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.