PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia area’s congressional delegation is trying to make sure a project to deepen the Delaware River stays on track.
Members are promising to push for funding in the next federal budget.READ MORE: Gas Prices Stabilize Or Dip In New Jersey, Around Nation At Large
The project has been on the books since 1992 and was designated to receive funding for many years. But environmental studies and lawsuits postponed the work.
Ironically, now that the major legal hurdles have been cleared, the money is no longer available.
Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) joined US representatives Bob Brady (D-Pa., face obscured by microphone in photo) and Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa., left of Brady) to announce that they’ll fight to get the money in the federal budget.READ MORE: 2 Men In Critical Condition After Friday Night Shooting In West Philadelphia: Police
“This is a difficult challenge, but we’re going to fight very hard to make sure that the president and his team understand the essential nature of this project to the region,” Casey said on Monday.
They’ll be squaring off against their counterparts in New Jersey and Delaware, who oppose the project. Brady says such opposition is silly.
“It’s not competition,” Brady said. “They’re bursting at the seams. They can’t handle the ships that are coming up the river. We can — if we get the river dredged.”MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania State Representative Kevin Boyle Arrested, Charged With Harassment And Violation Of A Protection From Abuse Order
Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060.