House of Representatives Passes WRDA Bill, Including Key Provisions From Rep. Cleaver’s Lower Missouri River Flood Prevention Program Act
(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA), which provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to carry out water resources development projects and studies. Included in this year’s WRDA legislation are key provisions from The Lower Missouri River Flood Protection Program Act—a bill introduced by United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) in the House of Representatives and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate—to protect communities in Missouri consistently harmed by flooding.
“Communities up and down the Missouri River, including the Fifth District of Missouri, have been ravaged by historic floods on a seemingly annual basis,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I’m proud we were able to garner enough bipartisan support to get some critical provisions from my legislation included in this year’s WRDA bill that will enable these communities to move forward with projects to protect their lives and livelihoods.”
A key component included in WRDA from Cleaver’s legislation is the expansion in scope of the Lower Missouri Basin Flood Risk & Resiliency Study, which would:
- Identify specific flood risk reduction solutions in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska;
- Free the study from traditional cost and duration limitations;
- Allow approved projects to proceed directly to preconstruction planning, engineering, and design;
- Require additional consultation measures for any recommended actions, including solicitation of public comments;
- Provide $24 million over six years to help with technical assistance for disadvantaged communities with populations less than 15,000; And
- Mandate the submission of a report to Congress with additional recommendations within the next 3 years.
“Times have been hard for farmers and rural communities in recent years, and it’s made even more difficult when they have to rebuild from flooding year after year,” said Congressman Cleaver. “These communities understand the challenges in front of them, and they know what it’s going to take to make the fixes necessary to protect themselves. This legislation will make it easier to move forward with projects that will do just that.”
You can find a fact-sheet with more information on WRDA here.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matt Helfant at 202-590-0175 or Matthew.Helfant@mail.house.gov A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.