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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 ShusterHouse and Senate negotiators reach agreement on water infrastructure bill Congress, states and cities are not doing enough today to fix our infrastructure It’s high time for a discussion on infrastructure 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 RyanGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Ryan signals support for sanctions if Saudis killed Khashoggi MORE (R-Wis.) has referenced as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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 BarrassoWhy grizzly bear hunting season isn’t happening Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms 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.

Sens. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenate Republicans demand Google hand over memo advising it to hide data vulnerability Shipping companies want Congress to increase shipping truck size Ricin attacks will continue MORE (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem path to a Senate majority narrows GOP shrugs off dire study warning of global warming Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths MORE (R-W. Va.), John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanOvernight Defense: Duncan Hunter refusing to step down from committees | Trump awards Medal of Honor to widow of airman | Pentagon names pick for Mideast commander Trump awards posthumous Medal of Honor to family of fallen Air Force sergeant GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Ark.) and Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDem senator: 'Shameful' seeing Trump serve as 'mouthpiece' for Saudi leaders Overnight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist MORE (D-Md.) have since signed onto the bill as co-sponsors.

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