The U.S. Senate May 22 passed 91 to 7 a federal water resources reauthorization bill, clearing the way for President Obama to sign it into law in the coming days. The action comes two days after a similarly overwhelming vote of approval in the House. The $12.3 billion legislation would authorize Army Corps of Engineers dredging, port, inland waterway, levee, dam, and flood and natural disaster mitigation and recovery construction and engineering projects. The bill includes various policy provisions to speed up the project delivery process and authorizes dozens of specific projects throughout the country. The President’s expected signature will cap-off a long journey for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, H.R. 3080. The federal port and waterway programs were last authorized in 2007. ARTBA and the ARTBA co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition urged all Senators to support the WRRDA legislation in order to make further improvements our nation’s ports and waterways infrastructure.