Rick Scott: Lake Okeechobee dike proposal shows Trump’s ‘commitment to me’

Gov. Rick Scott and Donald Trump when Trump was president-elect in 2016.

After Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson claimed credit last week for President Donald Trump‘s proposal to accelerate repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, Republican Gov. Rick Scott today said the pledge reaffirms Trump’s “commitment to me” to speed up the project.

Term-limited Scott is expected to challenge Nelson for his Senate seat this year. Speeding up dike repairs has been a top priority for Scott, and the Trump administration pledged last fall to do so.

President Trump’s budget proposal specifically mentions the Herbert Hoover Dike project.

 

“President Trump’s budget announcement today is great news for Florida and solidifies his commitment to me to secure the federal funding needed for critically important repairs to the federally-operated Herbert Hoover Dike,” Scott said in a statement this afternoon.

“Last year, after my meeting with President Trump, he directed the White House Office of Management and Budget to accelerate this funding process, and I have had many follow-up meetings with Director Mick Mulvaney. At the state-level, we have already dedicated $50 million in state funding to repairs for the Dike and this session, I have recommended another $50 million in state funding to continue this important work. After years of fighting for the Herbert Hoover Dike, I am proud that Florida finally has a partner in Washington that is fighting hard for issues important to families in our state.”

Scott’s office included a copy of a White House statement from Oct. 26 pledging to “work closely” with Scott on the issue.

 

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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