On Friday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that included Bill’s amendment to make Washington live up to it’s word and boost Michigan’s economy. Not only did Bill build a bipartisan coalition to hold Washington accountable, he also off set the harbor dredging funding with spending cuts to ensure no additional spending took place. Below is an article from the Holland Sentinel detailing the legislation and it’s impact on West Michigan.
Rep. Bill Huizenga pushes Great Lakes Harbor Funding through House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill by a vote of 240 to 177 on May 1.
The bill included an amendment from Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-2nd District, to hold the federal government accountable and ensure the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is used to dredge ports and harbors along the nation’s coasts and across the Great Lakes.
“Whether it is Grand Haven, Holland, Ludington or Muskegon, these harbors are absolutely vital to the local economy,” said Rep. Huizenga in a press release. “With proper dredging, the ports in these harbors serve as economic engines that create good-paying jobs and promote economic expansion and development within each community.”
“It’s important to remember that ports and harbors do not just impact the community in which they are located. The freight that travels through cities along Lake Michigan ends up being utilized in Wyoming, Kentwood and other communities across the state. While there is more work to be done to ensure harbors are properly maintained and dredged, the Huizenga-Hahn Amendment holds Washington accountable in a bipartisan manner, and that is a good thing for manufacturers, agricultural producers and consumers not only in West Michigan but across the nation.”
On April 29, Huizenga spoke on the House floor about the significance of the Huizenga-Hahn Amendment.