As Hurricane Season Approaches, Cornyn Addresses Need for COAST Act
“We need to make sure we're doing what we can to protect those on the coast and to protect our economy from the next Hurricane Ike.”
WASHINGTON – As hurricane season approaches, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor today about The COAST Act, which aims to expedite the process of studying and beginning construction on a federally-funded coastal protection project along the Texas Gulf Coast. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here.
“The hundreds of miles of Texas coast and the state's location on the Gulf of Mexico make it particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and storms. We need to make sure we're doing what we can to protect those on the coast and to protect our economy from the next Hurricane Ike.”
“In Congress, I have joined with other members of the Texas delegation to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess the vulnerabilities and propose how we can best mitigate future damages. But there's room to do more because we know this process is just simply too slow. It's not as fast as it needs to be, which is why I introduced something I call the COAST Act.”
“It is pretty straightforward. It would require the Corps of Engineers to use the data in other studies that are sound science and already completed for their planning at the state and local level. So in that way, the Corps of Engineers isn't just duplicating efforts and burning the clock when we can't afford to do that.”
“It would also let the final recommendations of the Corps proceed without going through numerous and unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. In other words, once the Corps determines the best course of action to keep Texans on the coast safe, they won't have to wait for another congressional approval to authorize it.”
“I hope as we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, we can get this legislation passed.”
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.