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Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Water Infrastructure Bill

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Washington, December 8, 2016 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement regarding her vote today for the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act:

“Today, I voted for the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which combines parts of the House and Senate Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bills passed through each chamber earlier this year.  The WIIN Act takes an important step forward in addressing the water needs of Southern California by reauthorizing infrastructure projects nationwide to reduce flood damage, replenish our water supply, and restore our ecosystem. 

“This final bill includes many bright spots.  I was particularly pleased that, following the efforts of Congressman Xavier Becerra, Congressman Adam Schiff, and myself, this bill reflects a strong commitment to the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project.  The project will rejuvenate Los Angeles park space and wetlands, build new public spaces, create recreational opportunities, and boost the regional economy, creating a healthier, revitalized Los Angeles River.  I am also heartened that this bill contains significant improvements for local water suppliers to complete water reuse and recycling projects, and authorizes long-overdue aid to combat the Flint water crisis.

“This bill is not perfect.  For example, I would have liked it to have shown a much deeper commitment to protecting the Endangered Species Act.  However, it was urgent that we pass this bill today instead of waiting until next year and the uncertainties of a new Congress and new President.

“My vote for the WIIN Act today is a vote for our state’s long-term water infrastructure.  Despite the bill’s flaws, it will provide California with critical help in addressing our ongoing drought crisis.”

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