Committee unanimously approves Water Resources Development Act

The U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on May 23 unanimously approved the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, legislation that provides for improvements to the nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration and other water resources infrastructure.

This marks the third Water Resources Development Act approved by the committee under Chairman Shuster’s leadership and follows the transparent process established under the 2014 bill (the Water Resources Reform and Development Act) that has led to a return to regular order and biennial consideration of this critical legislation.

WRDA 2018 (H.R. 8) authorizes proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works activities and provides reforms to the Corps. The bill was introduced by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA); Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (R-LA); and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Grace Napolitano (D-CA).

WRDA 2018:

  • Authorizes locally driven, but nationally vital, investments in the nation’s water resources infrastructure.
  • Strengthens economic growth and competitiveness, helps move goods throughout the country and abroad and protects communities.
  • Follows the transparent process Congress established under the 2014 reforms for considering proposed Corps activities.
  • Builds upon previous reforms of the Corps to further accelerate the process for moving projects forward more efficiently and at lower costs.
  • Upholds Congress’ constitutional duty to provide for infrastructure and facilitate commerce for the nation.

Click here for additional information about the Water Resources Development Act of 2018.

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