Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I want first to express my appreciation for promptly scheduling this hearing to consider my nomination to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
I am mindful of the confidence expressed in me by President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld in submitting my name in nomination for this important post with the Department of the Army. The Army Corps of Engineers and its civil works function encompassing navigation, flood control, water resource development, and environmental improvement, has for 200 years contributed greatly to the prosperity and well-being of our Nation.
I deeply appreciate the courtesy of the committee. If confirmed, I look forward to working with the Chairman and all members of this important Committee to address the vital navigation, flood control, water resource, and environmental challenges of the Nation. Thank you.