Kaptur Statement Following Release of Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan

February 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the Trump Administration released its FY 2020 Work Plan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:


“President Trump’s Work Plan for the Army Corps of Engineers falls dramatically short of where it needs to be, and even reneges on a number of promises he has made to Great Lakes communities,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Whether its Asian Carp, Harmful Algal Blooms, or Coastal resiliency, this Administration just doesn’t get it.”


“By failing to prioritize the vital Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a critical infrastructure project that would prevent invasive Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan and devastating the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy, President Trump has not only disregarded Congressional direction, but also broke a direct promise to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp.”


“Just weeks ago at a Trump event in Michigan, President Trump told the crowd, ‘We are going to work together to protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp — who would have thought that was going to happen? — and other invasive species… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already has a plan, and we are going to get this done and ready to go. It's going to be very quick. We're going to do very quick. It's not easy,’ Trump said, adding, ‘We have all of the top technology, and we're going to take care of it.’”


“A number of victories are included in the Work Plan made possible by bipartisan action on the part of my office and my colleagues in Congress. The Work Plan funds key priorities in Ohio including the Lorain, Vermillion, Sandusky and Cleveland Harbors, and Ohio Environmental Infrastructure. The Work Plan also fully funds the Soo Locks construction project. In President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Request, Trump underfunded the Soo by over $50 million. Congress subsequently rejected President Trumps’ budget cuts to the Corps and provided robust funding for the Construction account.”