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WRDA 2024 Advances Out of Senate Committee

May 24, 2024   The Waterways Journal

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A key Senate committee unanimously advanced the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2024 that includes 81 feasibility studies and eight new or modified construction projects.


Passed by a vote of 19-0, S.4367 now heads to a vote on the Senate floor.


Other key provisions in the biennial legislation would increase the federal cost-share for inland waterways projects to 75 percent, require reports on invasive species, levee safety guidelines and public-private partnerships and direct the Government Accountability Office to conduct studies evaluating the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers practices and programs, including cost estimates for projects.


Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led the celebration for the bipartisan victory.


The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is eyeing a markup of its version of the bill in June.


“WRDA is still under development, but committee Republicans and Democrats, working together, are making good progress,” committee spokesman Justin Harclerode said.