Rep. Davis Statement on Passage of WRRDA
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), by a bipartisan vote of 417-3. Included in the legislation is language authored by Davis and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) that authorizes the creation of a pilot program that would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to identify 15 water resources development projects eligible to be financed through public-private partnerships.
“Today’s vote for WRRDA is a perfect example of how Congress can put politics aside to work together and govern like we were sent to Washington to do,” said Davis. “WRRDA is critical because our nation’s waterways provide a cost-effective, fuel efficient way to move goods, including 81 percent of our agriculture exports. This is especially important the 13th Congressional District because it borders the Mississippi River, has the Illinois River, and has some of the most productive farmland in the country. Additionally, bipartisan, bicameral language that I was proud to introduce will allow for the creation of a Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program as a solution to address the $60 billion water project backlog.
“It’s been six years since Congress last approved a WRDA bill, so I hope that this signals the return to a two-year schedule for WRDA, because we must dedicate ourselves to developing our water resources, which is key to trade and the success of our economy. I’m pleased that so many of my colleagues joined me in supporting this important bill and hope that the House and the Senate can move quickly to resolve any remaining differences so it can be signed into law.”
Background: Davis is a cosponsor of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), which was introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W. Va.), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.).
Through WRRDA, Congress authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its missions to develop, maintain, and support the Nation’s vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, and support effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs.
Included in the legislation is language authored by Davis and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) that authorizes the creation of a pilot program that would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to identify 15 water resources development projects eligible to be financed through public-private partnerships. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and was included in the Senate version of WRDA which passed in May.