House Passes Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2004
June 25, 2004
Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4614, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2004, which includes funding for three ongoing Houston water projects. Congressman Gene Green secured additional funding in the House bill for the Houston ship channel deepening and widening project, Hunting Bayou federal flood control project and Greens Bayou federal flood control project and will continue to work for additional funding during conference.
The Houston Ship Channel Deepening and Widening Project received $24 million in construction general funding and $14 million for operations and maintenance.
I will continue to push for additional funds from the Corps of Engineers in construction funding for the ship channel in conference with the Senate, said Green. The Ports operations and maintenance account has been under-funded for several years due to low Corps budgets, undermining the benefits of the investments we have made.
H.R. 4614 also included $750,000 in construction general funding for Hunting Bayou and $340,000 in General Investigations funding for Greens Bayou.
The Hunting Bayou and Greens Bayou watersheds have experienced major flooding over the years and are crying out for investment to protect the hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses in those areas. I am thankful the subcommittee saw it fit to include funds for our projects, added Green.
Construction for both Hunting Bayou and Greens Bayou are slated to begin in Spring, 2005.