November 2, 2007
The Hon. Harry Reid
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Senator Reid,
I am writing on behalf of the more than 140,000 members of the American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) to urge you to override the president’s veto of H.R. 1495, the Water
Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007.
Congress needs to enact WRDA this year. The president’s veto based on the bill’s overall
projected cost of approximately $20 billion was ill advised and contrary to the national interest.
It has been almost seven years since Congress last authorized federal water resources
projects, and $20 billion represents a modest down payment toward covering the nation’s
staggering waterways investment gap. Moreover, H.R. 1495 contains a number of programs of
paramount importance for the nation’s economy and environment, including funding to restore
the Louisiana coastal ecosystem, the destruction of which had such catastrophic consequences
for the country during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and critical projects to bring back the Florida
An approach to these critical programs that is overly budget-driven neglects the overarching
national interest in maintaining economically significant infrastructure investments and vital
If ASCE can be of any further assistance to your office in this matter, please do not hesitate to
contact Brian Pallasch at (202) 789-7842 or Michael Charles at (202) 789-7844.
David G. Mongan, P.E., F.ASCE