Congress Overrides President's Veto of the Water Resources Development Act

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   November 8, 2007
Contact:   Sara Fain, Everglades Restoration Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 305.546.6689


Congress Overrides President's Veto of the Water Resources Development Act

National Parks Conservation Association Says Funding Needed to Implement Key Everglades Restoration Projects

“After seven years of waiting and the first veto override for President Bush, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 today became a law. This Act authorizes over $2 billion for critical Everglades restoration projects that are long overdue. We applaud the efforts of Congress for making this bill law. It shows a much-needed renewed commitment from our federal government to restoring America’s Everglades.”
 
“In 2000, Congress passed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, which committed the federal government and the state of Florida to Everglades restoration. It is the largest restoration program ever undertaken in the world. Although WRDA is intended for passage every two years, Congress had not taken any action since 2000. This stalled legislation has limited progress for restoration projects that have not been able to receive authorization, and threatened the overall success of Everglades’ restoration.”

“Now we need Congress to continue its commitment to Everglades restoration by appropriating the necessary funds in the upcoming budget cycle to build many of the projects authorized by WRDA.  Restoring America’s Everglades must remain a national priority.”
                                                           

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