By Dean Franks, senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA
The Senate Oct. 11 passed 99 to 1 the “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.” The House Sept. 13 approved the same legislation by voice vote, enabling the bill to head straight to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.
The legislation would authorize $8.3 billion in funding for port, waterway and disaster mitigation projects to be overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The law reauthorizes key levy and dam rehabilitation programs as well as the safe drinking water state revolving loan fund for $4.4 billion over the next three years.
While enactment of this bill is a key step in getting more federal investment in water infrastructure capital projects, members of Congress will have to follow through its commitments via the annual government spending process to deliver funds needed to move these improvements forward.