Legislation approved in the House of Representatives Wednesday is a step in the right direction toward funding the Chickamauga Lock, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann says.
Speaking from the House floor before the vote, Fleischmann said the Water Resources Reform and Development Act reforms a trust fund that covers half of the construction costs of locks and dams on the Inland Waterways System.
The Inland Waterways Trust Fund "sends all of the money to one particular lock project and starves all the other lock projects in the system, including Chickamauga," Fleischmann said. "This bill is a step in the right direction because it basically works to fund it."
The House legislation would change the funding formula for the Olmstead Lock project in Kentucky, which is one of the most expensive waterway projects in the U.S., and it would free up money in the trust fund for other locks like the one in Chattanooga, said Tyler Threadgill, communications director for Fleischmann.
A similar bill passed the Senate earlier this year, and the legislation is backed by the White House, Politico reports.
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