Senate agrees to amendments to water bill, including help to small communities

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and ranking member David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the Water Resources Development Act, which the Senate is currently considering. S. 601 would authorize projects related to flood and storm risk reduction, coast and inland navigation, and ecosystem restoration.

The Senate will likely continue work on the bill through the week and possibly into next week.

A list of the other amendments approved en bloc follows:

-  Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) amendment providing work-in-kind credits.

- Pryor amendment to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors.

- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) amendment 833

- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) amendment 832

No additional information on those amendments was available when they were passed.