Washington, DC – In response to discouraging changes to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that removed vital support for our nation’s ports Congressman Ted Poe (TX- 02) and Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) issued the following statements. The House is expected to vote on WRDA next week.

“I am disappointed by the changes to the Water Resources Development Act,” said Congressman Poe. “WRDA strengthened the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, helping to guarantee that the Port of Houston wouldn’t have to shell out its own dollars instead of using the fund as it was intended.  Strong ports mean jobs, economic growth and a more secure nation. It is my hope that Congress will include the original language protecting the fund, and continue to make sure that the funds within the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are fully utilized.  Maintaining our waterways and port-related infrastructure is critical to future trade and commerce efforts.”

Congressman Green, whose district includes the Port of Houston, which is the second busiest port in total tonnage in the United States added, “I’m disappointed critical funding authority for our ports has been put at risk. Our ports serve as our gateways for trade & commerce and create good jobs for millions of hard working Americans which is why I supported the bipartisan efforts of the Transportation Committee to strengthen our ports. I am hopeful my colleagues will come together to restore this key provision.”