Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

Oct 23, 2013
Cotton Blog

Today I spoke on the House Floor on an amendment I offered to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. This amendment would grant local and regional water entities the authority to collaborate with the Army Corps of Engineers on how to address their excess water supply. This issue primarily impacts rural water districts in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas who have not achieved the population-growth estimates established for them in the 1958 Water Supply Act.  


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Full Text of Remarks 

Thank you. I want to thank the Chairman and the Committee for their hard work on WRRDA, which I’m pleased to support. I have offered an amendment that addresses an issue with the population-growth projections of the 1958 Water Supply Act, which are outdated. Many local water districts are now forced to pay substantial principal and interest to the federal government on excess water supply. My amendment allows the CORE and local water districts to collaborate on finding new markets for their excess water storage. Not only does this partnership allow for the best use of shared resources, it also saves the taxpayers millions of dollars. Again, I want to thank the Transportation Committee, the Chairman and the Ranking Member for their hard work on this bill and their support on my amendment.