The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed its version of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), H. R. 3080, on Thursday by a voice vote. The bill seeks to increase funding for waterway development projects such as deepening waterways and lock and dam repair and upgrades. The approved bill includes language that is intended to speed up the project review process, which should provide some relief to areas in need of infrastructure improvement and allow goods like wheat to be shipped more efficiently. The bill will now move to the House floor for passage before conference with the Senate, which approved its version of the legislation on May 15. More about the bill is at