House approves Maloney bill to renew funding for dam repairs

A bill by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to reauthorize federal funding for dam repairs through 2024 cleared the House on Thursday as part of the Water Resources Development Act.

“Dam safety may not sound like the most exciting subject, but that perception would change in a hurry if one of our dams in the Hudson Valley failed during a storm and folks lose their homes, their livelihoods, and even their lives,” the Cold Spring Democrat said in a statement after the 408-2 vote. “We’re talking about the program that protects our communities from almost a hundred aging dams – we can’t let the funding lapse, and I’ll keep working with folks in the Senate to make sure we get this provision passed into law.”

Maloney introduced similar legislation that preserved dam funding through 2019.

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