• Water Resources Reform and Development Act to Move in September
  • August 12, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • Before Congress left for the August recess, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced that the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA) would be marked up by his committee in September and likely go to the floor for consideration in October.

    The House WRDA bill will be the first water resources bill without earmarks in it. It will also be the first to mandate that projects be studied, authorized, and begun within a set period of time. And it will mandate that projects be deauthorized if they have been sitting in the pipeline too long (there is a process to deauthorize delayed projects now, but it is not a mandate).

    The committee faced unique challenges with this bill. Water-resources legislation used to authorize specific projects for major ports or waterways. That is no longer possible with the earmark ban. Despite this challenge, the bill is expected to receive Democratic support in both committee and on the floor.

    House passage of the WRDA would pave the way for a conference committee with the Senate that passed their own version of water resources legislation earlier this year.