Congressman Francis Rooney Hosts Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tour of Everglades and Lake Okeechobee Watershed

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Congressman Francis Rooney Hosts Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tour of Everglades and Lake Okeechobee Watershed, May 4, 2017 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Congressman Francis Rooney Hosts Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tour of Everglades and Lake Okeechobee Watershed

 

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Francis Rooney will lead a tour of the Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee Watershed, including Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) projects and Everglades National Park, on Tuesday, May 9th. The tour will include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. This tour is intended to highlight the importance of funding projects which have already been approved and designed.

 Congressman Rooney stated “I would like to thank Majority Leader McCarthy for visiting our piece of paradise here in Southwest Florida. The best way to comprehend the beauty and importance of our Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee watershed is to see it first hand; and I am thankful to him for taking time away from his other responsibilities to be here.”

 The Lake Okeechobee watershed and Everglades have far-ranging impact on the entire State of Florida and the country, but especially in Southeast and Southwest Florida, where 55% of all real estate in the state is affected - 2 trillion dollars of economic impact across 164 cities and 16 counties. CERP was enacted in 2000 and we need its 68 projects to be executed.  We also need the USACE to expedite needed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. I look forward to showing Majority Leader McCarthy around the region, and hope that the visit underscores the importance of the Everglades to our country.”

 Congressman Rooney has testified four times on water quality issues. In addition to this testimony, Congressman Rooney sent a letter to President Trump, co-signed by every member of the Florida Congressional delegation, that called on the President to support Everglades Restoration projects in his fiscal year 2018 Budget. Congressman Rooney is a member of the Everglades Caucus and the Estuary Caucus.

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