Senate reaches agreement to hold final vote on water bill

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Boxer got unanimous consent from the Senate to pass 20 minor amendments to the bill and agreed to hold nine additional amendment votes before final passage. 

Republicans objected to allowing an amendment from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would have delayed an increase in the federal flood insurance rates for five years. She said GOP members would regret that decision since rates will rise up to 20 percent for people in their states as well.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also tried to add an amendment to the bill that would have criminalized IRS employees from targeting organizations based on politics, but Boxer objected saying that important issue should be dealt with more quickly since the WRDA bill might be delayed in the House.

The Senate will start voting on the final nine amendments at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and final passage will likley happen Wednesday.

The following amendments were passed en bloc:

- Max Baucus (D-Mont.), relating to weather mitigation in the northern Rocky Mountains (#847)

- Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), requiring the Secretary of the Army to adopt a Louisiana coastal plan. (#899)

- James Inhofe (R-Okla.), authorizing the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to construct hydroelectric facilities. (#895)

- Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), including a sense of Congress on renaming a dam in waterway shared by four states. (#894)

- Inhofe, authorizing the government to accept and spend non-federal funds to repair waterways. (#867)

- John Boozman (R-Ark.), requiring the government to budget for non-federal repairs to waterways. (#872)

- John Thune (R-S.D.), authorize work to repair erosion in the Upper Missouri River. (#912)

- John Cornyn (R-Texas), removing flood protection authorization for the east fork of the Trinity River in Texas. (#880)

- Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), declaring areas in Seward Harbor, Alaska as non-navigable waters. (#904)

- Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), allowing closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam if its effects are minimal on Minnesota. (#884)

- Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), giving funding priority to deep draft ports. (#870)

- Thad Cochran (R-Miss), giving credit to a non-federal interest for construction costs that are part of a federally authorized project. (#911)

- Tom Carper (D-Del.), authorizing the allocation of fund to the Susquehanna, Delaware, Potomac River Basins. (#882)

- Murkowski, allowing the government to provide technical assistance to states for port development. (#903)

- Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), requiring a study on flooding and drought management in the greater Mississippi River basin. (#906)

- Carl Levin (D-Mich.), stating it is U.S. policy to use the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for the upkeep of these ports. (#893)

- Susan Collins (R-Maine), authorizing the government to re-open the Cape Arundel Disposal Site for dredged material. (#898)

- Ben Cardin (D-Md.), technical/clarifying (#861)

- Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), requiring water resource projects to be carried out in a way that helps U.S. economic development. (#907)

- Wyden, requiring a study of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. (#896)