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Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Florida Delegation Challenge ‘Incorrect Legal Interpretation’ Involving Hurricane Risk Reduction Projects

Below is a statement from the office of Florida’s U.S. Senators, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott, regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hurricane risk reduction projects.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) misinterpreting a section of law in a way that undermines critical hurricane risk reduction projects in Florida, Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marco Rubio and members of the Florida delegation in a bipartisan letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, urging them to include a legislative solution in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2024. The USACE’s current incorrect application of the law imposes burdensome requirements on local project sponsors in violation of existing project construction agreements.

The members wrote, “Our provision will protect public infrastructure and the lives and livelihoods of Americans residing in and visiting Florida, which the USACE has arbitrarily and callously placed under unacceptable risk in contravention of their mission.”

Joining Sens. Scott and Rubio are Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Scott Franklin (R-FL), Mike Waltz (R-FL), Sheila McCormick (D-FL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Cory Mills (R-FL), Laurel Lee (R-FL), Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Carlos Giménez (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Aaron Bean (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Greg Steube (R-FL), Kat Cammack (R-FL), Byron Donalds (R-FL), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

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