Senate Names Conferees for Water Resources Bill

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week the Senate named conferees for negotiations with the House on water infrastructure legislation. The House version of the water resources bill, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080), was approved by the House on October 23. The Senate’s bill, the Water Resource Development Act of 2013 (S. 601) (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s601es/pdf/BILLS-113s601es NULL.pdf), passed the Senate on May 15. Both the House and Senate bills would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ port and waterways infrastructure investments. Major differences in the House and Senate bills include the overall spending levels and the amount of Congressional oversight for project authorization. The Senate bill authorizes $12 billion in water projects while the House authorized level is $8 billion. The Senate bill lays out specific criteria for projects, but the Army Corps of Engineers would retain authority over project selection. The House bill includes a process under which the Corps would submit proposed projects to Congress who would have the power to approve or disapprove them.

The Senate conferees are: John Barrasso (R-WY), Max Baucus (D-MT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Thomas Carper (D-DE), James Inhofe (R-OK), David Vitter (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The House has not yet named conferees.

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