WRDA takes Center Stage as Congress Prepares to Return to Work
Congress returns to work after its summer recess with a handful of items pending before the November mid-term elections. Front and center will be the Water Resources Development Act (S. 2800/H.R. 8) that is fast becoming the last hope for water infrastructure policymaking this session. WRDA appears to be the one remaining water resources bill advancing toward the legislative finish line. It represents the final opportunity to attach water infrastructure policy this year.
This includes several proposals supported by CASA such as:
- SRF-WIN program, a new RIFIA approach to fund water storage and water recycling projects
- Expediting permit approvals of water projects
- Renewing the Clean Water SRF program
- Boosting WIFIA assistance to support up to 80% of a project's costs