Baton Rouge -- Following the U.S. Senate's passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, U.S. Senate Candidate Foster Campbell applauded Louisiana's leadership for including legislation to move forward with the Comite Canal project.

"This authorization for the project is long overdue, and it is only a first step in the right direction," said Campbell. "We have a long way to go."

The Comite Canal Diversion project is one of many infrastructure related projects included in the Act, with over $10 billion in infrastructure developments being authorized across 18 states.

The U.S. Senate's 95-3 vote included both of Louisiana's Senators voting in favor of the bill, with it now going to the U.S. House.

In an open letter published at The Hill, Campbell previously chided the Republican members of Louisiana's congressional delegation for their failure to build a Federal consensus to move forward with flood diversion projects.

"It's never too late to start doing the job the people of Louisiana elected you to do," said Campbell. "I'm happy to see them put our people first for a change."

While the legislation doesn't include federal funding, Campbell said he is confident in Governor John Bel Edwards' ongoing efforts in Washington D.C.

"Gov. Edwards has been fighting for our people on Capitol Hill," said Campbell. "And if elected, I'll be there fighting by his side to make sure we bring home as much federal funding as possible."

Ira Wray