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House, Senate Lawmakers Reach Deal on $9.9B WRDA Bill

A new water resources bill has taken a big step closer to approval following a House-Senate agreement on a compromise proposal.
Under a bipartisan, bicameral deal, the legislation would authorize about $9.9 billion in federal funds for 46 Army Corps of Engineers flood control, environmental restoration, coastal protection and other projects. ENR estimates the projects’ total costs, including nonfederal shares, at $14.4 billion.
But advocates of Environmental Protection Agency water infrastructure programs, including aid for wastewater-treatment projects, were disappointed that lawmakers didn’t include any funding in the bill beyond the dollars for the Corps.
The House is expected to vote on the new Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, on Dec. 8. The path in the Senate is less clear, but the WRDA could become part of an omnibus 2021 spending measure-coronavirus relief and stimulus package that is being negotiated.
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