Senate moves forward on water bill

The Senate on Thursday took a step forward in finishing its work on the first major water infrastructure bill to move through the chamber in six years.

The upper chamber approved four amendments to the bill, which would authorize a series of projects related to waterways across the nation. Funding for the projects would still have to be approved through a separate bill.

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This is the first Senate waterways bill the upper chamber has moved since 2007. It faces an uncertain future in the House, where lawmakers have raised concerns about allowing the Obama administration to pick the water facilities that would be boosted by the measure.

The four amendments were adopted through unanimous consent.

The Senate is expected to continue its work on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) next week. The bill was introduced by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.) and ranking member David VitterDavid Bruce VitterPlanned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge Where is due process in all the sexual harassment allegations? MORE (R-La.).

Boxer has said the bill would support as many as 500,000 jobs.

The four amendments approved Thursday include:

A measure sponsored by Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Mo.) to promote the study of resilient construction techniques to make sure building codes are upgraded to withstand severe storms and tornados.

An amendment backed by Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsStopping Robert Mueller to protect us all Chris Christie compares Mueller investigation to 'Bridgegate' probe Oakland mayor fires back at Trump: ‘It’s my duty to protect my residents’ MORE (R-Ala.) that would grant releases from real estate restrictions under the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.

An amendment from Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnMr. President, let markets help save Medicare Pension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism MORE (R-Okla.) to authorize funding of water resource and environmental infrastructure assistance projects and programs from the Army Corps of Engineers that have been delayed for a substantial period of time.

A measure from Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGun control debate shifts to hardening schools after Texas shooting Warner: Why doesn't Trump understand that it's illegal for other countries to interfere in US elections? Warner sees 'credible components' in report that foreign governments offered to aid Trump campaign MORE (D-Va.) making a technical correction to the bill.

The underlying bill authorizes projects related to flood and storm risk reduction, coast and inland navigation, and ecosystem restoration. The bill also allows infrastructure improvements to shipping lanes and ports.