WRDA: The Water Resources Development Act in the 114th Congress

Neither the House nor Senate bills commit to making sweeping reforms to water resources funding that would improve accountability and limit waste. Though the House bill is more appropriately limited in scope and better adheres to fiscally responsible principles, more aggressive action is needed. Likewise, the additional provisions in the Senate bill permanently increase the federal government’s reach in funding local infrastructure and environmental conservation.

Instead of rushing to pass a flawed WRDA bill to maintain the semblance of regular order, Congress should work with the next President to develop a visionary WRDA bill that incorporates the structural reforms described to better serve taxpayers and the water resources needs of all Americans.

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