Collins to Chair Corps Caucus

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins will chair a new “Corps of Engineers Reform Caucus.”

Collins said the new caucus would focus its attention on ideas to overhaul the Corps.

In his announcement, Collins said he encourages his colleagues to join in efforts to change the Corps of Engineers from a high-spending, low-transparency agency to a responsive and fiscally responsible one that is accountable to the American people.

Collins also said the Corps of Engineers’ project process must be updated, stating that Corps projects are too often mired in bureaucracy, which the Congressman said means higher costs for taxpayers and delays in important public works projects.

Representative Collins also criticized the Corps of Engineers for undertaking new projects before completing ongoing construction, which he said has resulted in a construction backlog for the Corps estimated at more than $60 billion.

The first-term Hall County Republican announced the creation of the caucus Monday after touring both the Buford and Hartwell Dams last week.