From ACWA: House Votes to Approve WRRDA Conference Report

House Votes to Approve WRRDA Conference Report

The House, on Tuesday, voted to approve the Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), by a vote of 412-4. Every member of the California delegation voted in favor of the motion, with the exception of Rep. Gary Miller (CA-31) who did not vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, which is expected to vote on it later this week.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and a sponsor of the bill, lauded the vote, characterizing the WRRDA bill as a fiscally responsible vehicle to repair and enhance some of our country’s most important infrastructure.

“This legislation supports our water transportation network to keep our Nation competitive, improve the flow of commerce, and provide a foundation for job growth,” Shuster said.  “WRRDA is also the most policy and reform-focused measure of its kind in decades, and the most fiscally responsible water resources bill in history.  It cuts red tape, reforms the federal bureaucracy, accelerates project delivery, and more than fully offsets authorizations for needed infrastructure improvements by deauthorizing unnecessary, outdated projects.  This is legislation that’s good for the economy, good for jobs, and good for America.”

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and another original sponsor of the bill, was similarly enthusiastic. He praised the bill as an engine of economic growth and job creation for American workers.

The Committee’s press release related to the vote can be found here.