Ernst on Meeting with Mulvaney: We Must Work Together to Ensure Iowa Receives Authorized Assistance for Flood Mitigation
Jan 18 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), hosted a meeting in her office with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Congressman Rod Blum (IA-01), and Director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney to discuss an outstanding flood mitigation project in Iowa and a path forward to ensure Iowa receives its long overdue assistance.
Following the meeting, Senator Ernst issued this statement:
“One of Iowa’s top infrastructure priorities is flood mitigation. Today, I reiterated to Director Mulvaney that Cedar Rapids has yet to receive the critical flood assistance needed from the Corps, despite the fact that it has already been authorized. Much of this is due to the flawed benefit-cost
“As I have raised with both the President’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Mr. R.D. James, as well as Lieutenant General Semonite, I again emphasized to Director Mulvaney that the Corps’ benefit-cost
“Just yesterday, General Semonite agreed that the BCR metrics do need to be changed and that a ‘one-size fits all metric’ does not work. Additionally, last month, Mr. James agreed that the BCR metrics should be modified, and said, ‘it’s not right that there’s people in this country [who] will never, ever get any type of water infrastructure project under the current BCR analysis.’ Both committed to working with me and the OMB on modifying the BCR in a timely manner.
“We explained the importance of this project to Director Mulvaney, and we are hopeful that he will work with us to explore all avenues that could result in ensuring this project receives the assistance that has been authorized for flood mitigation in Iowa.”
PHOTO: Senators Ernst, Grassley, Congressman Blum, and Director Mulvaney discuss the outstanding flood mitigation project in Iowa.
Ernst Efforts to Obtain Assistance for Iowa Flood Mitigation: