Gibbs Applauds Committee Passage of Water Resources Bill

May 25, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Building on the reforms of 2014’s Water Resources Reform and Development Act, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 today.

Putting WRDA on a two-year cycle to invest in American water infrastructure has been a priority for Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs. WRDA 2016 continues those efforts with fiscally responsible provisions that de-authorizes out of date projects, offsetting the cost of newly authorized projects.

After the committee hearing, Gibbs released the following statement:

"Water infrastructure is a critical component to our nation's transportation network. In WRRDA 2014, we made major reforms to how the federal government approves and completes water projects and we streamlined the process to save taxpayer dollars. This year's WRDA builds on that progress and continues our goal of passing a water resources bill every two years. Most importantly, as with 2014, this WRDA bill contains NO earmarks.

“I want to thank Chairman Shuster for his leadership in guiding WRDA through the committee. I also thank Ranking Committee Member DeFazio and Ranking Subcommittee Member Napolitano for working so closely with us to ensure WRDA 2016 receives broad bipartisan support.”

A fact sheet on WRDA 2016 can be found here.