WCI REACTS TO PRESIDENT’S FY ’17 BUDGET REQUEST; CORPS RELEASES FY ’16 WORK PLAN Feb 9, 2016 - Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) The budget • proposes $4.620 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, a 29.8% cut from the $5.989 billion FY’16 appropriation for the program; • proposes $1.090 billion for the Construction account, a 41.5% reduction from FY16’s $1.862 billion; • proposes $2.705 billion for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) account, $5 million less than the Administration requested last year for the account, but a $432 million cut (13.8%) from what Congress appropriated for the current fiscal year; • requests $85 million for General Investigations, but provides no funds for Preliminary Engineering and Design (PED) for the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), authorized in WRDA 2007; • suggests a $1.289 billion inland waterways user fee. Similar proposals in the past have been soundly rejected by Congress; • requests $986 million be appropriated from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), down from $1.25 billion in FY 2016.
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