Two local congressmen are touting the benefits of the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The act authorizes the United States Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water resources development activities for the Nation, usually through cost-sharing partnerships with non-federal sponsors. Democrat Bill Enyart and Republican Rodney Davis announced their bi-partisan support of the act at the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center on Thursday.
Enyart says the bill invests in infrastructure, strengthens agriculture and American manufacturing, and will put people to work in construction and related industries. Davis calls this an example of what Congress can accomplish with cooperation and strong bi-partisan support.
The bill also establishes a public-private project delivery pilot program, allowing non-federal interests to finance construction of at least fifteen authorized water resources development projects. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.