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Congress Passes $12.3 Billion Water Projects Bill

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Congress is sending the White House a $12 billion-plus bill authorizing flood control projects in Nevada, Iowa, North Dakota and California and harbor expansions in Boston and Savannah, Georgia.
 
The Senate passed the bill on a 91-7 vote Thursday after the House approved it Tuesday.
 
The measure is half the size of the last water projects bill passed by Congress seven years ago, before the economy sank into a deep recession, helping swell the government's debt. The bill also is death knell for $18 billion in dormant projects Congress had approved before 2007.
 
The bill funds 34 projects the Army Corps of Engineers had made priorities. Supporters hailed it as jobs-producing, commerce-enhancing infrastructure bill benefiting a wide variety of interests, including environmentalists, and homeowners and businesses ravaged by repeated floods. (AP)
 
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From Sen. Dean Heller's Office:

Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) voted in support of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report (H.R.3080). The legislation cuts red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the project-delivery process, and clears the way for important infrastructure projects like the Truckee River Flood Management Project (TRFP).

“Finally, after over a decade of work, Congress was able to come together and craft a water bill that is not only fiscally responsible but also helps to jumpstart important projects in Nevada and across the country. I am pleased that the bill included the Truckee Meadows Flood Risk Management Project so that the Reno/Sparks region can continue to compete at a time when economic development is desperately needed,” said Senator Dean Heller following the vote. “As Nevada continues towards recovery, this project will help alleviate concerns about flooding in the region as businesses look for areas in which to invest and grow.”

The legislation that the Senate voted on today is fully offset by de-authorizing old and stalled projects. It also includes important reforms such as setting hard deadlines on the time and costs of studies and eliminating duplicative analyses.  Senator Heller supported the Truckee project both in the House and Senate, and urged the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to ensure the project’s Chief’s Report was completed in time to be authorized by Congress’ water bill. 
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