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Conference committee reaches agreement on WRRDA

by Candice Miller on May 19, 2014

By Aaron Martin  |  May 19, 2014

A House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) on Thursday, which would authorize infrastructure projects carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) introduced the House version of the WRRDA.

“This measure will strengthen our nation’s transportation network, keep America competitive in the global marketplace and reform and streamline the way we move forward with improvements to our ports, locks, dams and other water resources infrastructure,” Shuster said. “This legislation is about jobs and our country’s economic prosperity, and I look forward to bringing it back to the House for a final vote.”

The reconciled version of the WRRDA contains provisions outlining Great Lakes infrastructure projects that were championed by Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), a member of the conference committee.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that our final bill includes provisions that will significantly benefit our Great Lakes, including my provision originally incorporated in the House bill that will, for the first time ever, designate all ports and harbors on the Great Lakes as a single, comprehensive navigation system,” Miller said. “This new designation will finally allow the Great Lakes to present a unified front when competing against coastal regions for federal funding and resources. The final bill also increases the funding provided by the federal Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for our harbors and maritime infrastructure.”

The finalized WRRDA will advance to the House for consideration

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