By Ramsey Cox - 05/09/13 07:40 PM EDT
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.
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 BoxerSenators seek to boost women in international forces Overnight Energy: Senate approves Flint aid | Union chief backs Dakota pipeline White House proxy fight breaks out on Senate floor MORE (D-Calif.) and ranking member David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy 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 BluntSenate rivals gear up for debates Super PAC hits Dem Senate candidate with ad in tightening Missouri race The Trail 2016: Presidential politics and policing 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 SessionsJeff SessionsTrump, Clinton discuss counterterrorism with Egyptian president GOP senators want immigration details on attack suspects GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-Ala.) that would grant releases from real estate restrictions under the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.
An amendment from Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him 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 Warner5 questions about the Yahoo hack Dem senator calls for probe over Yahoo hack Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure 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.