Rep. Bill Flores of Waco, Texas has introduced a rider, or additional provision, to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps Engineers from coordinating with coastal states on any ocean project. His zealous claims against "big government" couldn't come at a worse time.
Coastal states face the risks of rising sea levels and increasingly destructive storms. Many of our country's coastal infrastructures have already been degraded. It's crucial that steps be taken to ensure we're safe when natural disasters occur. The Flores rider would leave us, and the environment, unprotected and unprepared.
The WRDA was drafted to help protect our oceans while making sure coastal communities were prepared for storms that can cause major damage, like Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Let's make sure this legislation turns into on-the-ground action to benefit the American people.
Please sign the petition calling on Congress to pass the WRDA without the Flores rider.
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