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House committee to hold first hearing on 2024 WRDA bill

December 4, 2023   Politico Pro

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A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee this week will hold its first hearing to craft the 2024 Water Resources Development Act package.


The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee — led by Chair David Rouzer (R-N.C.) and ranking member Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) — had scheduled the hearing for October but had to cancel it because of the turmoil over selecting a new House speaker.


Lawmakers aim to approve a WRDA bill every two years to give the Army Corps of Engineers marching orders on projects related to navigation, flooding, coastal restoration and other matters.


Many Republicans want next year's legislation to focus on the agency's core duties. Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said as much during that committee's second WRDA hearing last week.


“I have said previously it is important any WRDA bill supports the timely and efficient delivery of water resources projects, while continuing to meet national priorities," she said.