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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Urges U.S. House to Pass Flooding Relief Provision

December 6, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) took to the House floor today to support a flooding relief provision in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). The WIIN Act promotes public-private partnerships for dredging projects, helping the Army Corps successfully finish them at lower costs and paving the way for completing the Anclote River Dredging project in Tarpon Springs.

Dredging the Anclote River would provide relief for local residents from repeated flooding issues and support commerce in the area. Bilirakis has long fought for the completion of this project, and recently championed a letter with the Greater-Tampa Bay Congressional delegation to the Army Corps in support of it.

The House is expected to take up the WIIN Act this week. See below for Bilirakis’s full remarks.

“Mr. Speaker, later this week, the House will vote on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act; also known as the WIIN Act.

“This legislation includes a number of great provisions for Florida and my district, including promoting public-private partnerships for dredging projects.

“Allowing these partnerships will help clear the backlog of Army Corps projects, at or below cost, all while adhering to Federal maintenance standards.

“This means that there will be more opportunities for projects to be completed in a reasonable timeframe, such as the federally authorized Anclote River Dredging project in my district.

“Dredging the Anclote River would provide relief for local residents from chronic flooding and bring back commerce to the Tarpon Springs area. Thank you.”