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 ShusterAnti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers 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 RyanIndiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Inside Biden's preparations for first debate MORE (R-Wis.) has referenced as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 BarrassoBipartisan senators propose forcing EPA to set drinking water standard for 'forever chemicals' Bipartisan senators propose forcing EPA to set drinking water standard for 'forever chemicals' Trump hails D-Day veterans in Normandy: 'You are the pride of our nation' 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.