Washington Review, June 8, 2018
This week in Washington, the House voted on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, listened to experts testify on opportunities for trade in the Americas at a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing, and met with a number of groups from around the country
This week, Congress passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2018, which authorizes critical investments in improvements to our nation’s water infrastructure. Specifically, WRDA authorizes construction of all six pending Corps studies that have been submitted since WRDA was enacted in 2016. WRDA passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 408 to 2 and now awaits further action in the Senate.
At the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing this week, experts discussed opportunities for investment and growth in the Americas. I strongly believe that deepening our economic ties throughout the region will not only go a long way in creating strong relationships between the United States and our neighbors, but will also help to reinforce the rule of law, improve security, and address a diverse range of concerns that are in part affected by lack of economic opportunity. I also questioned the witnesses on how the upcoming Mexican elections will impact U.S.-Mexico relations. Damaging economic cooperation and alienating our allies by slapping tariffs on our allies hurts not only our status as a preferred trading partner, but also our influence on the world stage.
I welcomed several groups this week who visited me in Washington D.C. to hear more about their work and how our work here in Congress impacts their industries.
I spoke with an Assemblyman from the Falkland Islands Government to receive updates on developments in their region and their relationship with the United Kingdom and Argentina.
Later, I spoke with members of the New Jersey Orthopedic Society to discuss the opioid epidemic and ways to improve physician care.
I also met with New Jersey delegates of the American Association for Justice Minority Caucus to discuss civil justice issues and ways Congress can make a more fair and effective justice system that works in the best interest of all individuals, and not just a select few.
Finally, I discussed the ongoing efforts to combat corruption and improve rule of law with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras. It is imperative that the United States support these efforts to promote greater stability in the Northern Triangle and the region more broadly.
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