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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) discussed funding for Louisiana infrastructure projects with the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, R.D. James, at a meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations today.  In five minutes, Sen. Kennedy highlighted infrastructure projects across Louisiana that are integral to flood prevention and coastal restoration. 

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Federal Permit Process: “Since we have been talking, we have lost a football field of land in Louisiana.  You can debate the cause, but you can’t debate the fact that water is rising.  We’re spending a lot of our own money to do something about it, but the federal permit process is killing us. We need a little help navigating the federal bureaucracy.”

Maritime Commerce:  “Dredging is hugely important in my state.  We can’t maintain maritime commerce if you can’t get the boats in.  We’ve got to find the money for it.”

Comite River Diversion Canal:  “When the Comite River floods, it floods houses and businesses.  We want to build a canal from the Mississippi River to the Comite River to take some of the pressure off.  You have some extra money now, and it’s time to do something about it.”

Fresh Water Bayou Lock:  “The Fresh Water Bayou Lock is one of the top ten in the country in terms of commercial lockage.  We need to make sure projects like these have the funding they deserve.”