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John Garamendi

From the office of:

John Garamendi

Sending Office: Honorable John Garamendi
Sent By:
Tigran.Agdaian@mail.house.gov

Deadline: March 10th

Current Cosigners: Garamendi, Katko, GibbsR. Davis, DeSaulnier, Hastings, Bustos, Cohen, Davids, Casten, Brownley, Norton, Jayapal, Sires, LaMalfa,
Green, Marshall, González-Colon, Speier, Kuster, T. Kelly, Delgado,
Young, LaHood, Rouda, B. Thompson, Sánchez, Khanna, Bacon, Krishnamoorthi, Pascrell, Payne, McNerney, Panetta, Lofgren, R. Kelly, Loebsack,
Comer, Bera, Malinowski        

FY 2020 Cosigners: Garamendi, Westerman, Cohen, Hastings, M. Rose, R. Davis, A. Green, McNerney, Loebsack, Brownley, B. Thompson, Sires, Casten, LaMalfa, Gibbs, Posey, Marshall, Jayapal, LofgrenVelázquez, Bera, González-Colón, DeSaulnier, Kuster, Sewell, Bustos, Porter,
Pascrell, Finkenauer, Davids, Malinowski, Payne, Speier, Matsui, Katko, Delgado, Gomez, LaHood, Luetkemeyer, Krishnamoorthi, Lipinski

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in co-signing the below letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee requesting full funding for the National Levee Safety Initiative (NLSI), at the $79 million Congressionally authorized level. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’
program sets levee safety guidelines, maintains the
National Levee Database
, provides for levee rehabilitation and repair, and supports state levee safety programs.

  • Authorized Level: $79 million per year from FY2019-FY2023 (2016 WRDA)
  • Appropriated Level: $15 million for FY2020 (Program first authorized in 2014 WRDA)
  • Maintenance Backlog: An estimated $80 billion is needed in the next 10 years to maintain and improve the nation’s levees, which are 50-years old on average.

America’s levee systems provide a critical flood control for communities. Nationwide, there are 13,700 miles of Army Corps levees and 15,400 miles of levees maintained by other federal, state, or local agencies. We urge you to sign onto this
letter requesting the National Levee Safety Initiative be fully funded at $79 million in fiscal year 2021.

To be added as a cosigner or for any questions, please have your staff contact
Tigran.Agdaian@mail.house.gov in Congressman Garamendi’s office or
Alexis.Castaneda@mail.house.govin Congressman Katko’s office. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

JOHN GARAMENDI

Member of Congress

 

JOHN KATKO

Member of Congress

 

Full Text of Letter: 

 

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur, Chairman

The Honorable Mike Simpson, Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

As you develop the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2021, we urge you to provide $79 million for the National Levee Safety Program, as authorized. We appreciate the Committee’s support for the program in
fiscal year 2020, the first funding increase since the program’s establishment in 2014.

30,000 miles of levees protect communities, critical infrastructure, and trillions of dollars in property nationwide. The average levee in the United States is 50 years old, with an estimated $80 billion in repairs and maintenance needed in the next 10 years.
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent infrastructure report card gave the nation’s levees a “D” grade.

The National Levee Safety Program seeks to promote consistent safety standards, create levee safety guidelines, and provide funding assistance to states. However, the program has yet to receive funding other than for the national levee inventory. A 2016
Government Accountability Office report found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have made little progress implementing the National Levee Safety Program to date, due to lack of funding.

Communities across the nation rely on levees for flood control to reduce risk to homes, businesses, and property. With more than 50 percent of Americans living within 50 miles of a coastline or in floodplains, levees play an important safety role as our
nation faces increasingly frequent and severe flooding. Approving our request to fully funding the National Levee Safety Program would allow the Army Corps to complete the national inventory of levees and support levee repairs nationwide.

Thank you for your leadership on the Subcommittee and for considering this bipartisan request.

 

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