US Senate adopts Cochran’s Louisiana levee amendment

The Senate has adopted U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s amendment designed to ensure a Louisiana levee plan wouldn’t send water to Mississippi during the hurricanes and other storms.

Cochran, R-Miss., offered amendments last week and the Senate adopted one Tuesday as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. The adopted amendment, which is the “end product” of three amendments Cochran offered last week, ensures Mississippi’s governor participates in any discussion involving the levees.

“The amendment ensures that (Gov. Phil Bryant) will have a seat at the table if and when projects that could affect Mississippi are considered,” Cochran said. “It will give Mississippians a role in guaranteeing that a flood control project built by our neighbors won’t inadvertently increase flood risk on our side of the border.”

Sun Herald