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
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.