The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a bipartisan vote of 408-2.
Introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Water Resources and Environment subcommittee chairman Garret Graves (R-La.), and ranking member Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), the bill authorizes the Corps to sustain the nation’s water infrastructure, including its dams, ports and flood resistance efforts.
“The water infrastructure bill is absolutely essential to our economy,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said in a statement after the bill’s passage. Graves chairs the panel’s subcommittee on highways and transit and is eyeing the committee’s gavel after Shuster’s retirement, according to The Hill.
This critical legislation invests $2.7 billion dollars in America’s ports, dams, locks and other key water infrastructure projects. Passage of this bill is a necessary step in multimodal infrastructure investment in the United States, and NSSGA will continue to advocate for funding that improves the way that people and commerce move around the country.
“We certainly thank Congress for coming together to support our water infrastructure, which is essential to our country’s commerce, safety and health. We look forward to the Senate also passing their WRDA legislation and sending it to President Trump’s desk,” said Laura O’Neill Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulations.
NSSGA continues to urge the Senate to pass their WRDA legislation this summer to ensure that our nation’s waterways have consistent and continual investment.