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WCI THANKS LEADERS: HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE MARK-UP OF WRDA 2016 BILL (H.R. 5303) May 25, 2016 - The House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee today marked up its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2016. Specifically, the Committee: --rejected lockage fees/tolls to finance Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), and we thank the members of the Committee and the 75 organizational signers of the P3 letter urging that a lockage fee/tolling proposal for the Illinois Waterway not be included in WRDA; --authorized 28 projects with a Chief of Engineers report, including Brazos Island Harbor ($116 million Federal, $135 million non-Federal) and $16.7 million for modification work on Calcasieu Lock in Louisiana; --encourages the Secretary to expedite certain Chief’s Reports and continue onto preconstruction engineering and design. The Upper Ohio River feasibility study was included in this list --returns to regular order with WRDA bills every two years; --Congressman John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) offered a bipartisan amendment, supported by WCI, to change the definition of a major rehabilitation project. The amendment was withdrawn after the Committee leadership promised to work to address the issue in subsequent negotiations.
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