(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after the bipartisan, bicameral Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was filed:

“The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) will create jobs, spur our economy, streamline and enhance the transparency of the approval process for projects, and protect our environment – all without a single earmark. Due to eliminating unnecessary and outdated projects, the bill actually cuts more than it spends. Investing in our infrastructure boosts trade, increases American competitiveness, and positions our country, and the State of Florida in particular, for economic growth. Of the 34 total projects authorized in this bill, 9 are located in Florida, representing a more than $2 billion investment in growing Florida’s 21st century economy.

“Nearly a third of the United States’ approximately $17 trillion GDP is derived from international trade, with 99% of that passing through our ports. Florida’s port activity already supports 680,000 jobs, and the authorization of projects to enlarge, enhance and modernize these ports in preparation for increased trade opportunity resulting from the widening of the Panama Canal will only further strengthen our state’s economy and create more jobs.

“The WRRDA bill also authorizes needed restoration efforts in the Everglades that will protect the natural habitat and restore historic water flows, while making critical investments to the environmental and economic value of the ‘River of Grass.’

“The bottom line is that this bill is a big win for Florida. It will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and move our country and the State of Florida forward.”

Webster was selected by Chairman Shuster to be part of the Conference Committee that was appointed to work with the Senate to finalize the Conference Report. Learn more about the bill here.