House Passes WRDA

The U.S. House has approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) as part of the year-end omnibus and COVID relief legislative package.

This bipartisan legislation, which the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has developed and passed on a biennial basis since 2014, is essential to the country’s ports, harbors, and inland waterways, as well as ecosystem restoration and flood mitigation in both rural and urban communities. The language approved is the result of negotiations with the Senate since House passage of H.R. 7575 in late July and S. 1811 in early December.

“The bipartisan legislation approved today is critical to communities across all 50 states, and includes key provisions to invest in our ports, harbors and inland waterways; build more resilient communities; and ensure that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carries out projects in an economically and environmentally responsible manner,” Chair of the House committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. “I am particularly proud that this legislation achieves my decades-long mission to unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund by allowing billions of dollars in already-collected HMTF fees to be used for their intended purpose—ensuring that maintenance needs of U.S. ports and harbors are met. In addition to our Senate partners, I thank Subcommittee Chair Napolitano (D-CA) and Ranking Members Graves (R-LA) and Westerman (R-AR) for their continued efforts to push this legislation forward and send it to the president’s desk for his signature.”

The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 was included in H.R. 133, in Division AA. To access the provision directly and a section-by-section summary, click here and here.