Water Resources Reform and Development Act to Become Law
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today praised passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The bill was passed yesterday afternoon, May 22, on the Senate floor with a vote of 91 to 7.
"This legislation provides critical funding to our nation's water infrastructure managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," said Crapo. "The Corps operates multiple projects in Idaho and throughout the Columbia River Basin that, through the furthest inland seaport in Lewiston, provide farms and other businesses with a vital link to the Port of Portland and the Pacific Ocean."
"Small communities across Idaho will benefit from this commonsense legislation," said Risch. "I am happy to see such resounding bipartisan support for the bill and look forward to all the good that it will do for the state of Idaho".
This bill authorizes and mandates that the United States Army Corps of Engineers initiate projects certified by Congress and removes over $60 billion of unauthorized projects.
A number of the authorized projects benefit Idaho. In summary, they are:
The House of Representatives passed WRRDA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, by a vote of 412-4. The bill now heads to the President's desk where it is expected to be signed into law.