House lawmakers to unveil water resources bill on Friday

House lawmakers to unveil water resources bill on Friday
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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterEx-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties MORE (R-Pa.) said the lower chamber’s water resources bill will be unveiled on Friday.

The committee is slated to mark the bill up next Wednesday, May 23, Shuster told The Hill on Thursday.

A senior House GOP aide said the legislation will be bipartisan and will include two Republican and two Democratic co-sponsors. 

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The biennial water infrastructure bill is one of several pieces of legislation House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas MORE (R-Wis.) has referenced as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE's push for an infrastructure overhaul. Congress regularly takes up the water resources bill every two years.

The Senate last week unveiled its own bipartisan version of the legislation, which was introduced by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTo stave off a recession, let's pass a transportation infrastructure bill Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US GOP senator: Iran is behind attack on Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Wyo.) and ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.). Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who chairs the panel's Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and subcommittee ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Barrasso and Carper in releasing the bill.

Cardin, in announcing the bill's rollout, emphasized its focus on clean drinking water. The legislation also intends to localize the budget for the Army Corps of Engineers by calling upon the National Academy of Sciences to generate reports analyzing how the Corps can improve transparency to work with stakeholders, Congress and local governments.

“I can't overstate the importance of the nation’s water infrastructure system,” Barrasso said at a committee hearing Thursday about the legislation.

“America’s Water Infrastructure Act will help deepen nationally significant ports, and fix aging dams and irrigation systems,” he added.

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The Senate will also mark up its version of the bill next week.