September 21, 2007
The Hon. Harry Reid The Hon. Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader Minority Leader
U.S. Senate U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510
VIA FAX 202-224-7362 202-228-2574
Dear Senator Reid: Dear Senator McConnell:
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) urges the Senate to pass the Water
Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) with enough votes to signal its clear intent to
override any veto.
We believe that any veto discussed based solely on the bill’s overall projected cost of
approximately $20 billion would be extremely unwise.
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 in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Brian
Pallasch at (202) 789-7842 or Michael Charles at (202) 789-7844.
Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE