What's in the Water? House Overwhelmingly Approves Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has nearly unanimously passed a new bill! While that's news in itself, the bill facilitates infrastructure improvements (water-oriented in this case), an often divisive issue.
October 25, 2013, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to facilitate projects related to ports, inland waterways and flood control Wednesday night," reports Ryan Holeywell. "The bipartisan bill, approved 417-3, authorizes a slew of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects and outlines plans to accelerate their approval. Historically Congress passes legislation for this every two years, but the United States hasn't had a  new federal water bill since 2007."

"Reforming the way our country builds and maintains vital ports and waterways – streamlining the process, cutting out wasteful earmarks, and increasing accountability – is good for families and taxpayers," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

"The Senate passed its version of a water bill back in May," notes Holeywell.

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Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Governing
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