Congress May Soon Pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2016

A federal water infrastructure bill will be passed within a few weeks, according to leaders in both houses of Congress.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Nov. 29 he intended to see The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 completed in the House during the week of Dec. 5.

A day before McCarthy spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listed WRDA as one of the top bills Congress would complete “in the coming days” of the lame-duck session. He listed it along with the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 as a top priority, in addition to a continuing resolution on appropriations.

Neither leader offered reasons for why or how they expected the difficulties for WRDA—the exceptionally large differences between the House version (H.R. 5303) and the Senate version (S. 2848)—would be worked out.

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