WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the house Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, today announced an agreement on comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation.
The legislation, the “Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act,” includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes port, waterway, and flood protection improvements for the country. The WIIN Act also includes the Water and Waste Act of 2016 to help communities meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and authorize state regulation of coal ash. In addition, the legislation addresses significant tribal and natural resources issues.
The House and Senate both overwhelmingly passed WRDA bills earlier this year, and the WIIN Act is the product of the resulting bicameral negotiations.
The Committee Chairmen released the following joint statement:
“The WIIN Act invests in America by addressing critical port, waterway, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure across the country. It addresses public health by tackling lead contamination and helping communities, like Flint, provide safe drinking water, and encouraging cost-saving innovative drinking water technologies. It also provides infrastructure assistance for Indian country and certainty for several water rights settlements.”
“The WIIN Act is the result of hard work and collaboration among our committees and will strengthen the Nation’s transportation and water infrastructure, and our economic competiveness. We look forward to moving this legislation and sending it to the President before the end of the year.”
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