Congressman Francis Rooney Discusses Funding of Everglades Projects with Office of Management and Budget

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Congressman Francis Rooney Discusses Funding of Everglades Projects with Office of Management and Budget, May 18, 2017 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Congressman Francis Rooney Discusses Funding of Everglades Projects with Office of Management and Budget

 

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Congressman Francis Rooney met with representatives of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss funding of Lake Okeechobee and Everglades Restoration projects which have been authorized, but not yet funded, through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

 

Congressman Rooney said, “The key to Everglades restoration is the funding and completion of a series of projects authorized in the Water Resource Development Acts (WRDA) of 2007, 2014 and 2016 pursuant to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP), enacted in 2000. Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs funding to complete reinforcement of the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. Florida’s entire Congressional delegation agrees on this issue and we ask that The White House include this important funding in their infrastructure budget, as President Trump promised during his campaign.”

 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) serves the President of the United States in overseeing the implementation of his vision across the Executive Branch. Specifically, OMB’s mission is to assist the President in meeting his policy, budget, management and regulatory objectives and to fulfill the agency’s statutory responsibilities.

 

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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