WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today touted several Missouri priorities that were included in the committee-passed FY2019 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill was approve by the committee yesterday by a vote of 30-1.
“As a hub for our nation’s transportation networks, investing resources in Missouri’s infrastructure will allow us to maintain the competitive advantage our location provides,” said Blunt. “This bill includes much-needed resources to modernize locks and dams and dredge small ports along the Mississippi River. It also makes key investments in Delta Regional Authority infrastructure projects that will help communities across Southeast Missouri compete and succeed. I’m grateful this bill has garnered widespread support from my colleagues on the committee, and I’ll continue prioritizing resources to strengthen our state’s infrastructure.”
- Army Corps of Engineers: The legislation provides nearly $7 billion, a $100 million increase from FY2018, for the Army Corps of Engineers, the highest level ever appropriated for the Corps. The funding will support vital flood control and navigation projects across Missouri and the nation.
- Inland Waterways Trust Fund: The bill ensures the resources inland navigation operators put into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund are used for construction and modernization of our nation’s locks and dams.
- Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP): The bill Includes language that advances the NESP, which authorizes the modernization of seven locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River. Earlier this year, Blunt led a bipartisan letter urging the administration to include sufficient funding in its FY2019 budget request to continue preconstruction engineering and design for the NESP.
- Small Ports: The bill provides specific funding for the dredging of small ports, including those in Missouri located on the Mississippi River.
- Mississippi River and Tributaries Project: The bill includes $350 million for the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project, providing vital funding for the Corps to fulfill its flood control and navigation missions.
- Kansas City National Security Campus: The bill provides a $208 million increase for the Weapons Activities account at the National Nuclear Security Administration. This funding is essential to the operation of the Kansas City National Security Campus, and will help ensure the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
- Delta Regional Authority (DRA): The legislation includes $25 million for the DRA with a focus on infrastructure development in rural areas. The DRA provides infrastructure, healthcare, and economic development assistance to 29 counties in Southeast Missouri.
The Appropriations Committee also passed the Agriculture Appropriations bill yesterday. A list of Blunt-backed Missouri priorities included in that bill is available here.