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Congressman Pete King Preserves Our Shoreline

Superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island -- particularly our South Shore beaches and communities. Working across the aisle with Sen. Chuck Schumer, I fought hard to obtain the $61 billion in emergency funding that was so desperately needed and deserved. An important piece of the Sandy legislation was to restore the beachfront from Point Lookout to Long Beach. It was important though that this money be used not just to restore the beaches to the way they were but to reconstruct them to make them stronger and more resilient and offer stronger protection against violent storms. The legislation only guaranteed 65% federal payment of the project cost. To secure 100% funding, Sen. Schumer and I worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Office of Management and Budget to convince them this barrier island protection project deserved full support. We were successful and today we had the groundbreaking at Pt. Lookout. The project has a cost of $230 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2 1/2 years. It will include new and rehabilitated jetties, sand fill and dunes that will stand about 14 feet above sea level along 7 miles of shoreline. (The jetties will be built with 250,000 tons of stone from New Jersey.) This project is vital to the preservation of our beaches and shorefront and the protection of our communities from the ravages of deadly, violent storms and I look forward to the project going forward and being completed.

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Yesterday I had the great opportunity to be in the House chamber when French President Emmanuel Macron made his historic address to a Joint Session of Congress. I was also able to speak briefly with President Macron on the House floor just after his speech and thank him for standing with America in the war against terrorism and for forging such a close working relationship with President Trump.

France is our oldest ally, standing with us in our Revolutionary War against the British. While we stood with the French in World War I and World War II, our relationship with France has not always been a smooth one. (Charles DeGaulle and Jacques Chirac were two of the French leaders with whom we had differences.)

Elected last year in an upset victory, the 40 year old Macron was generally expected to be the European anti-Trump. Instead he and President Trump have formed a strong personal friendship and solid working relationship. They stand as one in their belief that Islamist terrorism must be crushed and that Iran can never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

On the subject of Iran, while President Trump believes we should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal reached with the Obama Administration, Macron believes we can achieve the same goal of a non-nuclear Iran through other means. President Trump has said he will consider Macron's proposals. Whether they end up agreeing on the specifics, the fact that these two world leaders can work together is a tribute to them and a strong measure of their joint commitment to the democratic values which underly our two nations. It also sends a strong signal to our enemies -- including ISIS, Islamist terrorism and Assad's Syria.

Viva la France! God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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