ROGER WICKER: New laws creating overdue reforms

Congress ended 2016 with a major piece of legislation to keep goods flowing on our waterways and our communities protected from dangerous floods.

The “Water Resources Development Act” (WRDA) is good for Mississippi, authorizing important projects such as dredging for our ports on the Mississippi River and initiatives to make our coastal ecosystems more resilient.

As a member of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, I am pleased to see WRDA cross the finish line and become law.

Over the past few years, WRDA bills have not been passed every two years as they should be. The Republican majority of the 114th Congress changed that pattern, passing a 2016 WRDA two years after its last reauthorization.

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