Water construction bill sails through the House

Author: Mike Williams | Posted: 10/29/2013
On Oct. 23, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (H.R. 3080) in resounding bipartisan fashion by a vote of 417-3, demonstrating that lawmakers can put aside their political differences to tackle our nation's challenges. The legislation provides $8 billion in funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' construction programs and streamlines environmental reviews to speed project delivery. While similar to the Senate version (S. 601) passed in May, several key differences must be addressed before final legislation can be delivered to President Obama for his signature.