In a recent blog post, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) praised President Barack Obama’s decision to sign off on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016.
The bill grants approval for water infrastructure improvements and projects, including ports, channels, locks and dams. Infrastructure project spending has, in the past, been based on the notion of earmarks. According to Sanford, Congress implemented reform in 2014 to shift funding to a process where projects are vetted based on their merits.
“[Obama] signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 into law,” Sanford said in a blog post. “This is good news not only for the Charleston Harbor but for the larger South Carolina economy. The bill includes an authorization for $231,239,000 in federal funding for the Port of Charleston harbor deepening project and $31,939,000 for beach re-nourishment for Edisto Island.”
Sanford, who voted for the bill, believes that every nation funds infrastructure, but the key question is what methods should they use to do so.
“This bill brought forward a process that could apply to a whole host of infrastructure needs well beyond that of water-related resources -- and represented the most important reason to support this bill,” Sanford said.
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