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September 21, 2007 - ASCE - H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act

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
Everglades.

An approach to these critical programs that is overly budget-driven neglects the overarching
national interest in maintaining economically significant infrastructure investments and vital
natural resources.

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.

Sincerely yours,

Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE
Executive Director