House passes WRRDA

The House passed the conference report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) on Tuesday. The bill will advance the modernization of America’s waterways and ports and streamlines the project delivery process for those projects.

The bill sets hard deadlines on the time and costs of studies; consolidates or eliminates duplicative or unnecessary studies and streamlines environmental reviews and improves coordination.

The plan deauthorizes $18 billion of old, inactive projects which were authorized prior to 2007, sunsets new authorizations to prevent future backlogs and reduces the number of properties no longer needed for projects. It establishes a new, transparent process for future bills to review and prioritize projects with strong Congressional oversight. There are no earmarks in the bill.

WRRDA expands the opportunity for non-government interests to contribute funds to expedite studies, evaluations, permits and projects. The bill also promises to improve the Army Corps of Engineers’ response to weather events.

Passed by the House 412 to 4, the Senate is expected to vote on the measure this week. The National Corn Growers Association is urging the Senate to quickly pass the bill and send it to the President for his signature.


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