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The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I) approved the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013 (H.R. 3080) by unanimous vote.
The bill authorizes $10 billion for Army Corps of Engineers programs, including dam, levee, port, and waterways improvement and construction projects. Reforms contained in WRRDA will accelerate project delivery through streamlining and will fundamentally change the way the Corps conducts business through study consolidation and setting hard deadlines. WRRDA contains no earmarks and is revenue neutral, funding new projects by de-authorizing those approved, but not yet commenced, prior to the last enacted Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2007.
Though Congress’ time over the next two weeks will be consumed by efforts to prevent a government shutdown and raise the federal debt ceiling, House Republican leaders have said WRRDA could be on the floor for a vote by the week of Oct. 7. Following House passage, a conference committee would be appointed to work out differences between H.R. 3080 and the Senate water resources legislation (S. 601).
To help make the case for WRRDA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released state-by-state fact sheets detailing how waterways and ports impact local economies and job creation. The resource also includes links to information about the nation’s top deep water ports, inland ports, and inland waterways.
To learn more about the importance of WRRDA, view a video clip from Chairman Shuster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSF7Uje6z_E