September 29, 2016


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA):

“The passage of this infrastructure and jobs legislation allows an important flood control project in San Antonio to move forward. The bill authorizes the Leon Creek Watershed flood risk management project to prevent future flooding at an aircraft engine testing facility at Port San Antonio. In addition to the high-priority Port SA project, this legislation authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to study and construct numerous new water infrastructure projects – navigation, flood risk management, storm reduction, and ecosystem restoration – around the country, including in Texas.   

“I’m also very pleased that the bill includes a bipartisan amendment to provide desperately needed federal aid to Flint, Michigan and other cities struggling with water quality crises. This funding will help restore clean water and peace of mind for American families who have suffered for too long.”

H.R. 5303 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 399 to 25.