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Maloney’s Dam Safety Act Heads to President’s Desk to Become Law

May 22, 2014
Press Release
Applauds the Senate’s Passage of Major Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

Washington, D.C. -  Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) applauded the Senate passage of the bi-partisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which passed by a vote of 91-7. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) includes Rep. Maloney’s bill, the Dam Safety Act, which provides communities with the support they need to ensure dams have the highest safety standards. This bill passed the House by a bipartisan vote of  412-4 on May 20 and now awaits the President’s signature to become law.  

 “We get results when we work together in a bipartisan fashion, and focus on real problems like investing in our crumbling infrastructure. On its way to becoming law, the Dam Safety Act and the larger Water Resources Reform and Development Act are good examples of what Congress should be doing to create jobs, grow our local economy, and keep Hudson Valley families safe,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “We see too many examples of Congress focused on the wrong things, but this is an example of where Congress left politics at the door and got results.”

Through WRRDA, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to dredge our ports, strengthen our infrastructure against extreme weather, provide flood mitigation, and restore important environmental ecosystems. Historically, Congress has passed this legislation every two years to provide clear direction to the Administration and the Corps, but no bill has been signed into law since 2007. Last April, Representative Maloney introduced standalone legislation, the Dam Safety Act, to give communities the support they need to ensure dams have the highest safety standards possible. Specifically, it reauthorizes the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP), which provides vital support to assist states like New York in developing Emergency Action Plans (EAPs), public awareness, implementing existing dam safety programs, assisting with the purchase of equipment, and conducting dam inspections. Rep. Maloney’s legislation passed the House of Representatives as part of the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) in October.