House Consideration of WRRDA Now in Question

With the passing of longtime Florida Representative Bill Young - the timeline for House Consideration of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act is in doubt. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said over the weekend that the House would consider the bill Wednesday and Thursday. The House will now cancel its Thursday session for Young's funeral and it's not clear if WRRDA will come up Wednesday or not. Still - all expectations are that the measure will get full House consideration yet this month. The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain and support the nation's vital port and waterways infrastructure needs; and support effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs. The Senate approved its Water Resources Development Act on a strong bipartisan vote of 83 to 14 back in May. The measure seeks to authorize funding to modernize the nation's locks and dams, provide upkeep for rivers and coasts, assist with flood protection and restore key environmental areas. The biggest difference between the House and Senate measures is that the Senate bill would leave approval for water-related projects to the executive branch - while the House would require congressional approval.

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