Nov 26, 2008

Lawmakers Plan New Water Resources and Development Act

New water resources bill funding projects across the nation will be a priority in 2009, according to Senate committee

Next year, a new water resources bill funding transportation and infrastructure projects across the nation will be a priority for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Nov. 20, according to Environment & Energy Daily.

Congress overrode President Bush's veto in 2007 to pass the first Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) measure since 2000.

"You can't wait seven, eight years to do a WRDA," Boxer told reporters. "We used to do one every other year. We want to get back to that because you need to build the infrastructure, and you need to create jobs right here in America."

Her committee also would address funding for the state revolving loan fund for water projects, Boxer said.

The 2007 WRDA received overwhelming bipartisan support, despite Bush's opposition.
Many lawmakers view WRDA and other infrastructure investments prime opportunities to stimulate the nation's sluggish economy.