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 BoxerCarly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report 
Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor MORE (D-Calif.) and ranking member David VitterDavid VitterMercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others Lobbying World Bottom Line 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 BluntJudiciary Committee wants briefing, documents on Flynn resignation Intel Dem: House GOP now open to investigating Flynn Dems: 'Crazy' to trust GOP to investigate Flynn 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 SessionsObama-era cash for cronies under House fire McConnell: 'Winners make policy, losers go home' DeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition MORE (R-Ala.) that would grant releases from real estate restrictions under the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.

An amendment from Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation 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 WarnerReport: Senate Intel Committee asks agencies to keep records related to Russian probe Comey meets Intel senators amid uproar over Trump-Russia ties Senate advances Trump's Commerce pick 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.