U.S. House, Senate committee leaders’ release statement on water resources infrastructure legislation

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced an agreement December 5 on comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation.

The legislation, the “Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act,” includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes port, waterway and flood protection improvements for the country. The WIIN Act also includes the Water and Waste Act of 2016 to help communities meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and authorize state regulation of coal ash. In addition, the legislation addresses significant tribal and natural resources issues.

The House and Senate both passed WRDA bills earlier this year and the WIIN Act is the product of the resulting bicameral negotiations.

The committee chairmen released the following joint statement:

“The WIIN Act invests in America by addressing critical port, waterway, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure across the country. It addresses public health by tackling lead contamination and helping communities, like Flint, provide safe drinking water, and encouraging cost-saving innovative drinking water technologies. It also provides infrastructure assistance for Indian country and certainty for several water rights settlements. 

“The WIIN Act is the result of hard work and collaboration among our committees and will strengthen the nation’s transportation and water infrastructure and our economic competitiveness. We look forward to moving this legislation and sending it to the President before the end of the year.”

Click here for the legislative text of the WIIN Act.

Click here for a summary of the WIIN Act.

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