Rep. Shuster: House water bill likely by ‘late spring-early summer’

Shuster was speaking at an event sponsored by National Journal.

He said earlier this year that he had reservations about the Senate’s approach to crafting a new water bill.

“If we do something similar [to the Senate] ... the Congress will once again give up it’s constitutional authority to the executive branch and we’ll never get it back,” Shuster said of the Senate WRDA bill in a March speech to the Waterways Council.

The Senate proposal calls for investment in projects that have been identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as a boost to U.S. system of inland waterways.

The WRDA bill, which was last approved in 2007, only contains the authorization for expenditures on waterways. The funding itself will have to be approved by the congressional appropriations committees.