Republican leaders in the House are planning to unveil their version of a bill to reauthorize federal waterways funding on Wednesday, lawmakers in the lower chamber announced on Tuesday.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will release the House’s version new Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) as Congress attempts to pass a water bill for the first time in six years.
The Senate has already begun moving its own version of the water resources bill, though Shuster and other Republicans have expressed concern about the upper chamber’s approach to the legislation.
The Democratically-controlled Senate’s plan calls for allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to select projects for investment from the water bill. Shuster criticized that approach during a speech in March, arguing that it gave too much authority to the Obama administration.
The WRRDA bill only contains the authorization for expenditures on waterways. The funding itself will have to be approved by the congressional appropriations committees.