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Oregon Congressman DeFazio Pushes - Again - For Nationwide Harbor Funding


More than $9 billion would be freed up to dredge and maintain the nation’s ports and harbors, under a bill pushed by Oregon Democratic Congressman, Peter DeFazio.

The Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act would tap into a tax collected since 1986. Congress would then appropriate money to the Corps of Engineers for maintenance work.

DeFazio has gotten the bill out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure twice before in past years, but encountered resistance by the House Speaker, then.

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Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, at a 2011 CPAC event.

“Twice Paul Ryan had it removed from the bill, because he didn’t believe in federal investment in infrastructure," says DeFazio. 

"And yet our harbors are silting in, our jetties are deteriorating, and the Corps doesn’t have money to do the work.”

DeFazio adds past conversations with President Trump have shown a mutual interest in boosting infrastructure across the U.S....though the status of those talks are uncertain after a recent fallout between House Democrats and the White House.


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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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