MAC Meets with Congressmen Scalise and Shuster to Push for Morganza Authorization

March 28, 2013

Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) Managing Director Lori LeBlanc met with U.S. Congressmen Steve Scalise and Bill Shuster yesterday in New Orleans to solidify the lawmakers’ support for federal authorization of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection Project in this year’s Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) bill.  Congressman Scalise represents much of Terrebonne Parish, including the Morganza project alignment, and Congressman Shuster is Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is the committee that will take up WRDA once it passes the Senate. Congressman Scalise hosted Chairman Shuster in New Orleans as part of Scalise’s Maritime and Energy Advisory Board.

During his meeting with MAC, Shuster expressed his concern about the excessive time required to complete projects managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  LeBlanc demonstrated how the federal Morganza project has long been a victim of unnecessary Corps delays, while local residents have taxed themselves to provide some level of critical protection against devastating storm surge.

“Congressman Schuster clearly understands our frustration with the lengthy Corps process and the need to complete projects, such as Morganza, in a more timely manner to protect coastal communities and critical energy infrastructure like we have here in Terrebonne Parish,” LeBlanc says.

“Congressman Scalise has been a champion for Morganza and he recognizes the significance of this project to our residents and the entire nation. We thank him for bringing Chairman Shuster to Louisiana to hear and see our issues firsthand,” says MAC President Sharon Bergeron. “Terrebonne Parish is the epicenter of energy and seafood production for our nation, and MAC will continue to aggressively push for federal Morganza authorization to protect our communities and our resources.”

This week’s meeting comes on the heels of a MAC trip to Washington, D.C. last week, in which MAC representatives met with several members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about Morganza authorization in WRDA. On March 20, WRDA passed out of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, of which Senator Vitter is the ranking member. 

MAC’s efforts in 2013 will focus on lobbying for the federal authorization of Morganza in WRDA.

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