Your Outreach Needed for FY '15 River Locks Funding

Waterways Council Release
11  March 2014
WCI has developed an urgent Action Alert for its members and stakeholders to send letters to Members of the House and Senate as they formulate the FY ’15 Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill.  The President's FY 2015 budget request cut -- by 32% -- construction of inland river navigation projects below the enacted FY 2014 level.  Unless changed by Congress, this will have big implications for funding availability for inland river projects and the system's operation & maintenance.   Please send your Representatives and Senators a note requesting action in submitting FY 2015 programmatic and bill language requests to the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the following three priority Corps of Engineers issues:
FY 2015 Bill language under the Corps’ Construction account section of the FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill restricting any funds appropriated in FY 2015 for the completion of Olmsted Dam from being derived from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF);

Appropriating $380 million in Corps’ construction funding to ensure that the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) funds for the inland waterway modernization projects are maintained at the highest level that can be supported by the inland waterway diesel tax revenues expected to be received for FY 2015 by Treasury for the IWTF. The Administration's FY 2015 Corps of Engineers Construction request of $1,125,000,000 represents a 32 % reduction below the enacted FY 2014 level of $1,656,000,000. Within the Administration's requested total, only $169,000,000 is proposed for the construction, replacement, rehabilitation, and expansion of Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) funded lock and dam projects; and,

For FY 2015, continue to appropriate and, if possible, increase the Corps’ O&M account funding level of $2.861 billion that was provided in FY 2014 for the operation and maintenance activities of the Corps affecting inland and coastal navigation throughout the nation. The FY 2015 budget request of $2.6 billion is 9% lower than the FY 2014 enacted level of funding.

The House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee deadline for Members to submit FY 2015 programmatic and bill/report language requests is by close of business April 2, 2014.
Thank you for your consideration in taking action on this critical matter.
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