Congress moves to pass water infra Act

The Committee on Rules will discuss the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act today as policymakers aim to pass the legislation by the end of year

House Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and House Natural Resources chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced this week an agreement on this comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation. 

The committee chairmen released a statement that they “look forward to moving this legislation and sending it to the President before the end of the year.”

WIIN includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes port, waterway, and flood protection improvements for the country. The House and Senate both passed WRDA bills earlier this year, and the WIIN Act is the product of the resulting bicameral negotiations.

The WIIN Act also includes the Water and Waste Act of 2016 to help communities meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and authorize state regulation of coal ash. In addition, the legislation addresses tribal and natural resources issues.

The text of the bill to be discussed at 3pm today is available here.  While a section-by-section summary as provided by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is available here.

The Committee will also meet on an emergency measure for the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.