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Boehner Appoints Hanna to Negotiate Water Bill

From Richard Hanna:

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna has been named to a select House-Senate conference committee to negotiate a national water infrastructure bill, House Speaker John Boehner announced.

The opening meeting of the House-Senate conference committee on water resources legislation will take place at 9:30 a.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20 in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

Rep. Hanna, who serves on the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, owned and operated a successful construction business in upstate New York for more than 30 years.

Because of Rep. Hanna's commitment to working in a bipartisan way to move forward with the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) he was recommended to be a conferee, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said.

“I am pleased that Representative Hanna will work alongside me as we negotiate a new Water Resources Reform and Development Act,” Chairman Shuster said. “As a member of the Water Subcommittee, Richard Hanna was instrumental in promoting the importance of water infrastructure to upstate New York. The Great Lakes region is fortunate to have an experience infrastructure advocate like Rep. Hanna working for them in Washington.”

"I'm pleased to be selected to work on this committee and represent upstate New York," Rep. Hanna said. "The House has developed some of the strongest transportation policy reforms in decades. I look forward to working with the Senate to ensure the best ideas are included in a final bill that will advance American water infrastructure, protect our communities, and support job creation in our region."

WRRDA is the bill by which Congress authorizes missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including constructing and maintaining ports, locks and dams, as well as supporting flood protection and environmental restoration needs.

Rep. Hanna in 2012 was selected to serve as a conferee on the House-Senate committee that negotiated a new bill to determine highway funding. He also served as part of the House Transportation Committee’s special freight panel, which was established to examine the current state of freight transportation in the United States.
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