Levin, Stabenow’s Harbor Dredging Provisions Pass in Senate

    Great Lakes Radio News Update
    Michigan’s Senior U.S. Senator, Carl Levin

    MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow are praising Senate passage in Washington, D.C. of the Water Resources Development Act including important provisions they fought for to reduce the backlog of harbor dredging projects in the Great Lakes.

    Provisions in the legislation include increasing authorized spending for harbor maintenance projects to $1 billion in fiscal year 2014, setting aside 20 percent of authorized harbor maintenance funds above fiscal 2012 levels for Great Lakes projects, and a Levin amendment, which Stabenow co-sponsored, making clear that maintaining the width and depth of ports is the primary purpose of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and that those projects should receive priority.

    The Senate passed the bill by an 83-14 vote, and it now goes to the House for action.

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