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Washington D.C.
United States Senator John Cornyn
News Release
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cornyn Measure to Help Speed Up Texas Coastal Protection Study Heads to President’s Desk
Provision Included in Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), bipartisan legislation that includes a major provision from his COAST Act to help streamline the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ coastal surge protection study along Texas’ upper Gulf Coast:

“This bipartisan legislation advances important projects that will help improve transportation, safety, and the economy in Texas – from encouraging more trade by deepening ship channels to increasing recreation areas through conservation,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I’m pleased this bill will also help streamline the ongoing coastal surge protection study in Texas, which can deliver certainty and security to our upper Gulf Coast region faster.”

The provision authored by Sen. Cornyn requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take into consideration certain studies already developed by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) while completing its Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study. A previous version of this bill passed the Senate in September.                                                                                                                                       

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.

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