Walorski Votes to Support National Defense, Infrastructure Legislation

Friday, July 11, 2014

Authored amendment to help fund projects in Peru and Rochester

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) voted for the annual appropriations legislation to fund the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy. The bill passed by a vote of 253-170.

H.R. 4923, the Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act, also included an amendment offered by Walorski that provided funds to the Army Corps of Engineers for small infrastructure projects that could improve public safety, promote job creation, and strengthen Hoosier economic growth.

Specifically, the language would increase funding to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), and help dozens of communities that require studies and additional funding for small projects, including Peru and Rochester, both located in Walorski’s district.

The City of Peru received a floodplain designation due to a ditch running through northern part of the city. Since record-keeping began over 80 years ago, no flood insurance claims have ever been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to flooding from the ditch. Unfortunately, the floodplain designation has led to costly insurance premiums forcing potential businesses to exclude the area for consideration and residents are struggling to pay their premiums.

“With my amendment, the Army Corps of Engineers could conduct a study to determine whether the ditch is likely to ever flood, and – if so – what type of project could be done to prevent flooding and bring down flood premiums,” said Walorski. “Hopefully we can help attract businesses to this community, create jobs and help taxpayers save their money.”

In Rochester, a local road has been closed due to safety concerns caused by the Tippecanoe River flowing along a portion of the road. Over time, the river has eroded soil from underneath the road, and now the road has lost several feet of its embankment, causing potential danger to motorists.

“County officials have said they can’t afford to conduct the study or do the repairs that would make this road safe again,” said Walorski. “With additional funds, the Army Corps of Engineers could examine the road, make the necessary repairs, and help keep Hoosiers roadways safe.”

The legislation now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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