TAMPA, Fla.— The Tampa Port Authority is pleased to express its support for the U.S. House of Representatives’ overwhelming approval of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), by a margin of 417 to 3. The bipartisan legislation streamlines and reforms the process for major water and maritime infrastructure projects including dredging projects that will help U.S. ports remain competitive in the global market.
“The House of Representatives passing WRRDA is another step in the right direction to help our Nation remain competitive in the 21st century by accelerating the implementation of major infrastructure projects. WRRDA is a bi-partisan and common sense solution that will give our U.S. ports and in-land waterways the tools to streamline the unwieldy federal process and red- tape for strategic infrastructure initiatives while laying the ground work for economic growth,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “I personally would like to thank Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (PA) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (WV) along with Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (OH) and Subcommittee Ranking member Tim Bishop (NY) for their leadership. I would also like to thank the entire Florida Congressional delegation for their hard work and support on behalf of Tampa and all Florida ports statewide. We look forward to the House and Senate going to Conference committee and having the final bill signed by the President by year’s end.”
One of the nation’s largest and most cargo-diverse seaports, the Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west-central Florida, supporting about 80,000 jobs and generating $15.1 billion in annual economic impact. For more information about the Port of Tampa, visit www.tampaport.com.