U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders today introduced the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which aims to streamline the infrastructure project delivery process.
H.R. 3080 was presented by Reps. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the committee; Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., committee ranking member; Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee; and Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., subcommittee ranking member.
Through the water resources reform legislation, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain and support the nation’s port and waterways infrastructure needs, as well as support flood protection and environmental restoration needs. Historically, Congress has passed such legislation every two years to provide clear direction to the administration and the corps, but no bill has been signed into law since 2007.
“While it once took the corps three to five years to complete a study, it has become normal for this process to take 10 to 15 years,” Gibbs said in a written statement. “WRRDA cuts the red tape, streamlines reviews and accelerates the lengthy process, saving us precious time and money and allowing infrastructure improvements to move forward.”
“WRRDA 2013 is the most policy and reform focused legislation of its kind in the last two decades,” Shuster added. “The bill contains no earmarks and makes major programmatic reforms to increase transparency, accountability and Congressional oversight of federal water resources development activities.”
Shuster also released a video highlighting the importance of WRRDA: