CD050: Privatize Water Projects

Now that the government is back up and running and the American public has looked away, the House of Representatives got back to work privatizing our government. H.R. 3080 takes the first steps towards privatization of water projects typically done by the Army Corps of Engineers, using entirely fixable budget issues as the justification.

Links to Information in This Episode

Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)

Music: Furlough Friday by Tiamo “T-money” DeVettori and Josh “JG” Galea’i (VIDEO)

Music: Old People by Odd Austin (found on Music Alley by mevio)

H.R. 3080: Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, passed the House 417-3

H.R. 3302: Renames a veteran’s medical center after the late Rep. Bill Young of Florida

Quote from Josh Lyman, character played by Bradley Whitford on the West Wing

Natural Gas “fracking” companies have used so much water in Texas that wells are going dry

Army Corps of Engineers Learning to Do Less With Less, newsletter, October 18, 2012.

Army Corps Fiscal Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions, Congressional Research Service, August 18, 2011.

Use the Harbor Maintenance Fund to Maintain Harbors by Rep. Janice Hahn, The Hill, September 17, 2013.

Goldman Sachs bought the privatized ports in Britain in 2006 for about 2.8 billion pounds

Army Corps. of Engineers Olmstead Lock & Dam project summary, also known as the “Kentucky Kickback”

CD049: Congressional Dish episode with details of the bill that ended the shutdown and contained the “Kentucky Kickback”

Rep. Bill Young of Florida passed away October 18, 2013 at age 82.

List of current Representatives by age

2 thoughts on “CD050: Privatize Water Projects

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  2. Stephen Willis

    Thanks for your awesome reporting on the CD050: Privatize Water Projects. Due to the arbitrary cuts in funding for USACE, they are already “streamlining” Environmental Assessments, and circumventing full EIS requirements at Lake Texoma. The privatization of USACE water projects, and the increasing reliance on for profit corporations to provide these government services will only exacerbate the problem of transparency and lack of effective public oversight. PRIVATIZATION = THEFT. Keep up the damn good work!!

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