The House-Senate conference committee on water infrastructure legislation officially began Nov. 20 with leaders on both sides of the aisle and Capitol building predicting successful passage in short order. While members of Congress have left town for the week-long Thanksgiving recess, committee staff remain behind to hammer out deals on the differing versions of water resources reauthorization legislation with an unofficial deadline of Dec. 9. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) plans to adjourn for the year on Dec. 13, leaving the week of Dec. 9 as the only week both chambers will be in town at the same time. This leaves a small window for success on WRDA, but one that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), conference chair and co-chair respectively, swear is possible.
NSSGA sent a letter to all conferees urging quick action to resolve differences on the multi-billion dollar legislation that authorizes important navigation, flood control, recreation and environmental protection projects.
NSSGA will continue to update members on developments.
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