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House Passage of Legislation to Ensure future funding of Harbor Maintenance

House Passage of Legislation to Ensure future funding of Harbor Maintenance throughout Southwest Michigan and Great Lakes guarantees that all funding in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be fully used for its intended purpose of harbor maintenance. House Passage of Legislation to Ensure future funding of Harbor Maintenance throughout Southwest Michigan and Great Lakes

Congressman Fred Upton praised the short-term highway bill (H.R. 4348), which guarantees that all funding in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be fully used for its intended purpose of harbor maintenance

 “Ensuring our harbors remain open and ready for business is essential to job creation and growth here in southwest Michigan,” said Upton.“Rather than denying our local harbors these vital dredging dollars – money that is already paid into the system through harbor user fees – we must see to it that our harbors remain bastions of economic growth.”Keeping the St. Joseph harbor open to commercial traffic has long been a top priority for Upton as our Great Lakes harbors are essential to economic growth, infrastructure development, and countless local jobs. From emergency dredging to maintaining standard operations, Upton has fought to keep these vital resources open. Upton is a strong supporter of the bipartisan Realize America’s Maritime Promise (RAMP) Act (H.R. 104), which likewise would ensure that all federal revenues currently being collected for harbor maintenance are fully used and not left unspent as a budgetary offset. This past winter, Upton worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to secure emergency funding to dredge the St. Joseph harbor, which had been closed to commercial traffic due to serve shoaling.

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