House and Senate Approve Conference Agreement on Water Resources Bill

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, both the House and Senate approved a conference agreement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) with near unanimous support (412 to 4 in the House; 91 to 7 in the Senate).  WRDDA is the first water resources bill enacted since 2007.  House and Senate conferees worked for several months to negotiate differences between the House and Senate passed versions of legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ port and waterways infrastructure investments.  The conference agreement streamlines the project delivery process, increases flexibility for non-federal interests to contribute funds to expedite projects, and establishes a new process to prioritize water resources projects with congressional oversight.  It authorizes 34 water resource projects that have completed technical review by the Corps of Engineers.  More information on the conference report is available here (http://transportation NULL.house NULL.gov/wrrda/conference NULL.htm).  The conference agreement now goes to President Obama who is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.

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