Today the U.S. Senate approved a reauthorization of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of 99-1, sending the two-year bill to the president’s desk.
The bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, S. 3021, is the most sweeping infrastructure package to be considered this Congress. It grows the economy, keeps communities safe, cuts red tape, and is fiscally responsible. It will ensure certainty for aggregates producers and the equipment manufacturers who support them as they rely on the movement of goods through ports and inland waterways as well as producing the stone, sand and gravel to build our nation’s water transportation infrastructure, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Additionally, S. 3021 builds upon current regulatory improvements within the Army Corps to improve and accelerate project delivery.
“America needs comprehensive water infrastructure legislation that will cut Washington red tape, create jobs, and keep communities safe,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The Highway Materials Group expressed its support for the comprehensive legislation in a letter sent to Senate offices. “Maintaining a two-year cycle of WRDA authorization is critical for the long-term planning, maintenance and improvements of America’s locks, dams, harbors, ports, waterways, flood protection, and similar resources and infrastructure. Passing this bill provides certainty for communities and industries that rely on maritime infrastructure.”