Alexander: Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Includes “Much-Needed” Funding for the Corps of Engineers to Respond to Historic West Tennessee Floods

Posted on September 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – At a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting held today to mark up fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) praised the Energy and Water bill’s reduced spending level, as well as its prioritization of funding for science and technology research, and for the Army Corps of Engineers. 

“This bill includes a much-needed increase in funding for dredging in the Mississippi River and its tributaries, which will help keep harbors such as at the Port of Memphis open, and it also directs federal help toward disaster repair and flood control along the Mississippi. Tennesseans should know that this bill is the work of an entire Senate committee, which sees that many of West Tennessee’s priorities in the wake of this year’s historic floods are priorities of our nation as a whole.”

Tennessee funding in the bill includes money for advanced scientific research at Tennessee Department of Energy facilities, as well as increased funding for the Mississippi River and Tributaries, which will increase dredging at the Memphis port. 

This year’s historic flooding has accelerated the need for dredging funding at the Port of Memphis, among others along the Mississippi River. This funding will help the Army Corps of Engineers fund inland port dredging projects in the areas that have been most affected.

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