Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney introduces bill to change House rules, restore congressional power, and protect Florida

Jul 8, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) introduced a bill that will allow Congress to determine where critical Army Corps of Engineers’ funding is sent. Numerous Florida environmental protection projects have been neglected by Washington bureaucrats who don’t understand Florida and Rooney’s legislation will allow Florida’s federal representatives to ensure this neglect ends.

Rooney’s bill, H. Res 813 amends house rules to exclude provisions relating to existing or proposed water resources development projects of the Army Corps of Engineers from the definition of congressional earmark. The self-imposed “earmark moratorium” Congress implemented in 2010, ceded congressional authority over inherently local Corps projects to the executive branch. This has resulted in a backlog of authorized Corps studies and projects that have not received adequate appropriations funding.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve tried to be a champion of Florida’s waterways.” Rooney said. “Although important progress has been made in fixing and maintaining the Herbert Hoover Dike, the Kissimmee River Project, funding the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and the Central Everglades Planning Project, it has become clear to me that the ban on earmarks has prevented us from directing adequate funding to where it needs to go in Florida. This bill is a critical step to take back the House’s “power of the purse” and find a sustainable solution to safeguard Florida’s natural resources that we all cherish.”

The text of the bill can be found here