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 ShusterLobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR 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 RyanTrump slams 'rogue' Sasse after criticism of executive actions Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey MORE (R-Wis.) has referenced as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary 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 BarrassoDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Latest Trump proposal on endangered species could limit future habitat, critics say 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.