Alexander: Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Provides $2.1 Million for Memphis Harbor

Posted on May 1, 2017

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill provides $2.1 million for dredging at the Memphis Harbor, McKellar Lake project.

"I don't believe there a funding line in the budget that more U.S. senators ask to increase than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps rebuilds locks and dams, dredges our rivers and harbors, works to prevent floods and storm damage, and builds environmental restoration projects,” Alexander said. “Today’s bill provides a record level of funding for the Corps – including $2.1 million to operate and maintain the Memphis Harbor, McKellar Lake project which will help protect jobs and industry in Tennessee.”

The fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes the final version of the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill that the Senate passed on May 12, 2016. Alexander was the primary author of the bill and led it through committee and floor passage.