The House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Reform and Development Act Wednesday on a 417 to 3 vote, sending the bill to conference with the Senate.
The House version of the act would spend about $8 billon on waterways development projects such as deepening waterways and lock and dam repair and upgrades. The bill also contains provisions intended to speed up the project review process, which should improve the efficiency of shipping goods like wheat.
There’s no word yet on when a conference process could start, though it’s expected to be somewhat bumpy due to differing provisions and spending priorities. The Senate passed its version of the bill, worth about $12 billion, on May 15. More on the act is at http://transportation.house.gov/WRRDA.