Votes Imminent on Water Infrastructure Bill, Sen. Inhofe Says

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A package of amendments is ready for a voice vote today to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848) Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said this afternoon.

The bill is on track for final passage by noon Wednesday after consideration of any other germane amendments, Inhofe said on the Senate floor.

Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), leaders of the Senate committee that shaped up the bill, had already added about 40 amendments to the manager’s package before Friday to be as inclusive as they could toward fellow senators, Inhofe said. They were able to clear more than 40 additional provisions over the weekend, he said.

Alan Kovski wrote that breaking news item for us today.

Over the summer, Alan wrote a special report on the measure and featured it in our blog.

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848, H.R. 5303) is authorizing legislation for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects involving deepening and widening of harbors, rehabilitation and replacement of locks and dams, building of levees and flood walls and large ecosystem restoration projects.

The water transportation elements have a significant parallel to our highway and air transportation systems. In terms of flood control, it concerns safety for millions of people, homes and businesses. The reservoirs behind dams also become important to recreational commerce.

You can read more on this important legislation in Alan’s special report Water Bill May Navigate 2016 Congressional Rapids.