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Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) today announced his support of new water infrastructure legislation that creates jobs, cuts federal regulations, produces greater efficiency and transparency, and renews investment in Oklahomaâ€™s waterways as well as those across the nation.
A businessman, Mullin knows that private sector job growth is a reflection of good pro-business legislation.
â€śOklahoma plays a significant role in our nationâ€™s water transportation system,â€ť said Mullin. â€śWith one of the largest in-land ports in the U.S. at the Port of Catoosa, we serve as a key job creator and as an integral part in the success of the system as a whole.â€ť
Earlier this week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster introduced H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA). As a member of the committee, Congressman Mullin has worked alongside Shuster and fellow members in developing legislation that addresses critical water infrastructure needs by greatly involving the private sector.
WRRDA allows the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to effectively complete water infrastructure projects that are long overdue. One example that affects Oklahoma directly is the $100 million in maintenance backlog along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). WRRDA calls for appropriations to address such backlogs which will in turn secure current jobs and generate new ones.
â€śThe MKARNS is about growing and sustaining jobs,â€ť added Mullin. â€śInvolving the private sector will employ more Oklahomans and lead to increased productivity. The bipartisan work on this piece of legislation shows the urgency behind reforming and reviving our nationâ€™s waterways, while at the same time working to put America back in business. I look forward to working with Chairman Shuster and my colleagues as we work toward bringing unprecedented reform to our nationâ€™s water infrastructure system.â€ť
Congressman Mullin is the only Oklahoman to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Additionally, Congressman Mullin serves on the bipartisan Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.
H.R. 3080 (WRRDA) will be heard before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for full markup on September 19.
To learn more about the direct impacts of WRRDA, visit http://youtu.be/vSF7Uje6z_E.