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September 28, 2007
The Hon. George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) urges you to sign into law H.R. 1495, the
Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 that was approved by the Senate this
We think a veto of this important legislation would be unwise public policy. It has been almost
seven years since Congress last authorized federal water resources projects, and the bill’s
authorized price tag of $23.2 billion represents a small down payment toward covering the
nation’s staggering waterways investment gap. In addition, 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.
We urge you not to veto WRDA. The House and Senate have passed it with strong bipartisan
majorities. No funds have been committed to these projects as yet. A veto based on narrow
budget priorities would neglect the overarching national interest in maintaining economically
significant infrastructure investments and vital natural resources.
Thank you for your attention to our concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact Michael Charles
of our Government Relations Department at 202-789-7844 if you have any questions.
Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE