New water resources bill introduced in U.S. House

By Jonathan Sweet
September 13, 2013
Filed under News

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their proposal to address dredging and other water projects this week

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., introduced H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 on Wednesday. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y.; Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio; and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.V.

The WRRDA bill authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to develop and maintain ports and waterways. The authorization is needed to fund projects such as dredging of harbors and waterways, flood protection and environmental restoration. Although normally passed every two years to provide direction to the Corps, a bill has not been signed into law since 2007.

“This bill changes the way the Corps of Engineers does business,” Gibbs said in a statement. “We have been literally studying infrastructure projects to death. While it once took the Corps three to five years to complete a study, it has become normal for this process to take 10 to 15 years.  WRRDA cuts the red tape, streamlines reviews, and accelerates the lengthy process, saving us precious time and money and allowing infrastructure improvements to move forward.

H.R. 3080 has been referred to the several House committees for discussion: Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget, Ways and Means and Natural Resources.

The Senate passed its version, S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, in May.



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