Federal - S 601

Water Resources Development Act of 2013

Introduced

March 18, 2013

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S 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, is a bill that authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to construct water projects for mitigating storm damage, restoring ecosystems and reducing erosion on inland and intracoastal waterways. To read full text of the bill, click here.  

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  • Jan. 29, 2014 — Related measure, HR 3978, introduced by Sires, D-N.J.

  • Dec. 4, 2013 — Related measure, HR 3646, introduced by Jeffries, D-N.Y.

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — The text of the bill, as passed by the Senate, was inserted as an amendment in the nature of a substitute, in lieu of the text of HR 3080. Please see HR 3080 for further action on that bill. Congressional Record p. S27778

  • Sept. 18, 2013 — Related measure, H Con Res 56, introduced by Aderholt, R-Ala.

  • Sept. 11, 2013M. Landrieu, D-La., Senate speech: Laments House decision not to consider the bill. Congressional Record p. S6369-S6370

  • Sept. 11, 2013 — Companion measure, HR 3080, introduced by Shuster, R-Pa.

  • June 25, 2013Johanns, R-Neb., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. S5108-S5109

  • June 6, 2013 — Related measure, HR 2293, introduced by Matsui, D-Calif.

  • May 20, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. S3605-S3609

  • May 16, 2013Whitehouse, D-R.I., Senate speech: Discusses a provision in the bill. Congressional Record p. S3563-S3565

  • May 16, 2013 — Related measure, S 982, introduced by Alexander, R-Tenn.

  • May 15, 2013Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Senate speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 119-121, and would have voted nay on 119 and 121, and yea on 120 if present. Congressional Record p. S3526

  • May 15, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. (Colloquy with Vitter, R-La.) Congressional Record p. S3497-S3499

  • May 15, 2013Coburn, R-Okla., Senate speech: Discusses amendments to the bill. (Colloquy with Boxer, D-Calif.) Congressional Record p. S3442-S3443

  • May 15, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule for the day. Congressional Record p. S3437

  • May 15, 2013 — Received in the House and held at the desk. Congressional Record p. H2634

  • May 15, 2013Senate Vote 124 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Passage
    Passage of a bill that would authorize Army Corps of Engineers projects, including dredging harbors and protecting waterways from storm damage. Under the bill, funding for dredging and other port improvements would increase by $100 million annually for six years. After that, all revenue raised annually through a user fee levied on domestic and imported shipping would be dedicated to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. It would create a national levee safety program and establish metrics to measure the effectiveness of grants under the program. As amended, the bill would set a 10-year sunset date on provisions that would expedite the environmental permitting process for water projects. Passed 83-14. Congressional Record p. S3444-S3496

  • May 15, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., motion to close debate (cloture motion) on consideration of the bill, withdrawn by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3447

  • May 15, 2013 — Hoeven, R-N.D., modified amendment no. 909, to restrict charges for certain surplus water, agreed to by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3444, S3447

  • May 15, 2013Senate Vote 123 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Construction Materials
    Merkley, D-Ore., amendment no. 866 that would require the use of American iron, steel and manufactured goods for projects that are eligible for loans, user fee revenue or private investments under a financing pilot program created in the bill. Such materials would not be required in certain instances, such as if those materials are not available or would increase the cost of the project by more than 25 percent. Adopted 60-36. Congressional Record p. S3445-S3446

  • May 15, 2013 — Boozman, R-Ark., amendment no. 822, to authorize the secretary to participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program, agreed to by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3445

  • May 15, 2013Senate Vote 122 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Deauthorizing Panel
    Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 816 that would subject all Army Corps of Engineers projects to a deauthorizing panel established under the bill. Rejected 35-61. Congressional Record p. S3444-S3445

  • May 15, 2013Senate Vote 121 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Beach Restoration
    Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 815 that would strike provisions in the bill that would extend the maximum time allotted for beach restoration programs from 50 years to 65 years. Rejected 43-53. Congressional Record p. S3444-S3445

  • May 15, 2013 — Considered and amended by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3444-S3496

  • May 14, 2013Klobuchar, D-Minn., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3423-S3424

  • May 14, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Supports the bill. (Colloquy with Sanders, I-Vt.) Congressional Record p. S3395-S3397

  • May 14, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3393-S3394

  • May 14, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. S3393

  • May 14, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule for the day. Congressional Record p. S3391-S3392

  • May 14, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., unanimous consent request that when the Senate completes its business on May 14, it adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013; that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day; that following any leader remarks, the Senate be in a period of morning business until 10:30 a.m., with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the Republicans controlling the first half and the majority controlling the final half; further, that following morning business the Senate resume consideration of S 601, the Water Resources Development Act, under the previous order, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3436

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 797, to authorize a land exchange, agreed to by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3417

  • May 14, 2013 — Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 909, to restrict charges for certain surplus water, pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3415-S3416

  • May 14, 2013Senate Vote 120 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Cost Reimbursement
    Sanders, I-Vt., amendment no. 889 that would require the Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse communities for costs necessary to comply with state standards for repairing or replacing infrastructure, such as culverts and bridges, damaged during federally-declared disasters on or after Aug. 27, 2011. Rejected 56-40. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Sanders amendment to 60 votes. Congressional Record p. S3411, 3418

  • May 14, 2013Senate Vote 119 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Water Pollution Regulations
    Barrasso, R-Wyo., amendment no. 868 that would bar the Army secretary and the EPA administrator from finalizing guidance that would tell agencies how to identify bodies of water protected by the Clean Water Act and from using such guidance to make decisions or establish rules under the law. Rejected 52-44. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Barrasso amendment to 60 votes. Congressional Record p. S3409-S3410, S3417

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Wyden, D-Ore., amendment no. 896, to require the Government Accountability Office to carry out a study evaluating the effectiveness of activities funded by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund in maximizing economic growth and job creation in port communities, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3408

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Brown, D-Ohio, amendment no. 907, to provide for further project authorizations, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3407-3408

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Cardin, D-Md., modified amendment no. 861, to improve a provision relating to project acceleration, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3407

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Collins, R-Maine, amendment no. 898, to provide for the reopening of the Cape Arundel Disposal Site as a dredged material disposal site, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3407

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Levin, D-Mich., amendment no. 893, to provide for the policy relating to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund prioritization, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3407

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Durbin, D-Ill., modified amendment no. 906, to provide for a severe flooding and drought management study of the greater Mississippi River Basin, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3407

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Murkowski, R-Alaska, modified amendment no. 903, to authorize the secretary to enter into deep draft port development partnerships, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3407

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Carper, D-Del., amendment no. 882, to modify the allocation of funds to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Delaware River Basin Commission, and the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin to fulfill equitable funding requirements of the respective interstate compacts of the commissions, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3406-S3407

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Cochran, R-Miss., amendment no. 911, to provide crediting authority for federally authorized navigation projects, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3406

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Wyden, D-Ore., modified amendment no. 870, to modify a provision relating to Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund prioritization, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3406

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Klobuchar, D-Minn., amendment no. 884, to require the closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam if certain conditions are met, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3406

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Murkowski, R-Alaska, amendment no. 904, to declare certain areas in Seward, Alaska, as nonnavigable waters of the United States for purposes of navigational servitude, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3406

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment no. 880, to deauthorize portions of the project for East Fork of Trinity River, Texas, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3406

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Thune, R-S.D., amendment no. 912, to authorize the secretary to assist Indian tribes in addressing shoreline erosion in the Upper Missouri River Basin, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3405-S3406

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Boozman, R-Ark., amendment no. 872, to improve planning and administration relating to water supply storage activities, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3405

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 867, to allow the secretary to accept and expend non-federal amounts for repair, restoration, or replacement of certain water resources projects, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3405

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Wicker, R-Miss., amendment no. 894, to express the sense of Congress that, in recognition of the contributions of Donald G. Waldon to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, a lock and dam on that waterway should be designated as the "Donald G. Waldon Lock and Dam," agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3405

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 895, to clarify the role of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma regarding the maintenance of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam in the state of Oklahoma, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404, S3405

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., modified amendment no. 899, relating to the state of Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, and to improve a provision relating to dam optimization, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404-S3405

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Baucus, D-Mont., amendment no. 847, to modify a provision relating to Northern Rockies headwaters extreme weather mitigation, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3404

  • May 14, 2013 — Considered and amended by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3397-S3421

  • May 14, 2013 — Durbin, D-Ill., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 918 (797). (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3434, S3435

  • May 14, 2013 — Durbin, D-Ill., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 917 (906). (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3434-S3435

  • May 14, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 916. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3434, S3435

  • May 13, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule for the day. Congressional Record p. S3355

  • May 13, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., unanimous consent request that when the Senate completes its business on May 13, it adjourn until 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14; that following the prayer and the pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day; that following leader remarks, the Senate be in a period of morning business until 11 a.m., with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half; further, that following morning business, the Senate resume consideration of S 601, the Water Resources Development Act, with the time until noon equally divided in the usual form, and that the filing deadline for all second degree amendments to that act be 11:15 on Tuesday; finally that the Senate recess from 12:30 until 2:15 for weekly caucus meetings, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3389

  • May 13, 2013 — Bill Nelson, D-Fla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 915. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3380

  • May 13, 2013 — Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 914. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3380

  • May 13, 2013 — Sanders, I-Vt., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 913. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3380

  • May 13, 2013 — Thune, R-S.D., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 912. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3380

  • May 13, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 911. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3380

  • May 13, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 910. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3379-S3380

  • May 13, 2013 — Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 909. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3379

  • May 13, 2013 — McCain, R-Ariz., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 908. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3379

  • May 13, 2013 — Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 907. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3379

  • May 13, 2013 — Durbin, D-Ill., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 906. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378-S3379

  • May 13, 2013 — L. Murkowski, R-Alaska, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 905. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — L. Murkowski, R-Alaska, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 904. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — L. Murkowski, R-Alaska, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 903. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 902. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — Portman, R-Ohio, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 901. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — Chambliss, R-Ga., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 900. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 899. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3377-S3378

  • May 13, 2013 — S. Collins, R-Maine, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 898. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3377

  • May 13, 2013 — Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 897. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3377

  • May 13, 2013 — Wyden, D-Ore., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 896. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3377

  • May 13, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 895. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3377

  • May 13, 2013 — Wicker, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 894. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3376-S3377

  • May 13, 2013 — C. Levin, D-Mich., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 893. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3376

  • May 13, 2013 — Rubio, R-Fla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 892. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375, S3376

  • May 13, 2013 — Tim Johnson, D-S.D., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 891. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375-S3376

  • May 13, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 890. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3375

  • May 9, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule for the day. Congressional Record p. S3286

  • May 9, 2013M. Landrieu, D-La., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3352-S3353

  • May 9, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., unanimous consent request that when the Senate completes its business on May 9, it adjourn until 2 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013; that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day; that following any leader remarks, the Senate be in a period of morning business until 5 p.m., with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each; further, that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to S 601, the Water Resources Development Act, be 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3352

  • May 9, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., motion to close debate (cloture motion) on consideration of the bill, pending at recess (60 votes required). Congressional Record p. S3319

  • May 9, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Warner, D-Va., amendment no. 873, to include a provision relating to Four Mile Run, city of Alexandria and Arlington County, Va., agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3310

  • May 9, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 823, to ensure environmental infrastructure activities are not exempt from review by the Infrastructure Deauthorization Commission, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3310

  • May 9, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Sessions, R-Ala., modified amendment no. 811, to require the Tennessee Valley Authority to grant certain use restrictions, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3310

  • May 9, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Blunt, R-Mo., amendment no. 800, to provide for the consideration of resilient construction techniques in certain studies relating to extreme weather events, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3310

  • May 9, 2013 — Considered and amended by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3294-S3305, S3308-S3319

  • May 9, 2013 — Sanders, I-Vt., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 889. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3351

  • May 9, 2013 — M. Landrieu, D-La., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 888. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3350

  • May 9, 2013 — M. Landrieu, D-La., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 887. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3350

  • May 9, 2013 — Coons, D-Del., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 886. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3350

  • May 9, 2013 — Coons, D-Del., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 885. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3350

  • May 9, 2013 — Klobuchar, D-Minn., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 884. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3350

  • May 9, 2013 — H. Reid, D-Nev., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 883. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3349-S3350

  • May 9, 2013 — Carper, D-Del., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 882. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3349

  • May 9, 2013 — Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 881. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3349

  • May 9, 2013 — Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 880. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3349

  • May 9, 2013 — Kaine, D-Va., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 879. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3349

  • May 9, 2013 — T. Udall, D-N.M., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 878. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3349

  • May 9, 2013 — Bill Nelson, D-Fla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 877. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3345, S3348-S3349

  • May 9, 2013 — Thune, R-S.D., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 876. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344-S3345, S3348

  • May 9, 2013 — S. Collins, R-Maine, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 875. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3348

  • May 9, 2013 — C. Levin, D-Mich., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 874. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3348

  • May 9, 2013 — M. Warner, D-Va., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 873. Congressional Record p. S3344, S3348

  • May 9, 2013 — Boozman, R-Ark., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 872. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3347-S3348

  • May 9, 2013 — Boozman, R-Ark., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 871. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3347

  • May 9, 2013 — Wyden, D-Ore., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 870. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3347

  • May 9, 2013 — Merkley, D-Ore., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 869. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3347

  • May 9, 2013 — Barrasso, R-Wyo., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 868. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3347

  • May 9, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 867. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346-S3347

  • May 9, 2013 — Merkley, D-Ore., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 866. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Shaheen, D-N.H., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 865. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Shaheen, D-N.H., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 864. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 863. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 862. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Cardin, D-Md., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 861. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 860. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Durbin, D-Ill., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 859. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3345-S3346

  • May 9, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 858. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3344, S3345

  • May 8, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule. Congressional Record p. S3216

  • May 8, 2013Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3282-S3283

  • May 8, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. (Colloquy with several members.) Congressional Record p. S3240-S3248

  • May 8, 2013 — Blumenthal, D-Conn., unanimous consent request that when the Senate completes its business on May 8, it adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on May 9, 2013; that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day; that following any leader remarks, the Senate be in a period of morning business for one hour, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, and that the time be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling final half; further, that following morning business the Senate resume consideration of S 601, the Water Resources Development Act, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3282

  • May 8, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Murray, D-Wash., amendment no. 832, to modify the definition of the term "cargo container," agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3247

  • May 8, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for McCain, R-Ariz., amendment no. 833, to protect the American taxpayer by establishing metrics to measure the effectiveness of grants administered by the national levee safety program, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3247

  • May 8, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Inhofe, R-Okla., modified amendment no. 835, to provide for rural water infrastructure projects, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3247

  • May 8, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Pryor, D-Ark., amendment no. 806, to provide a work-in-kind credit, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3247

  • May 8, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., for Pryor, D-Ark., modified amendment no. 801, to direct the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to change the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3247

  • May 8, 2013Senate Vote 117 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Asian Carp Control
    Brown, D-Ohio, amendment no. 813 that would direct the Fish and Wildlife Service to coordinate a multi-agency program to prevent the spread of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins. The agency would be required to report annually to Congress on its efforts. Adopted 95-0. Congressional Record p. S3242-S3243

  • May 8, 2013Senate Vote 116 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Endowment for the Oceans
    Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 803 to the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 799. The Whitehouse amendment would authorize the creation of the National Endowment for the Oceans to help fund projects that would restore, protect or analyze ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems. The substitute would authorize Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects through 2018. It would increase funds available from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for harbor and dredging projects, starting at $1 billion in fiscal 2014 and increasing annually until fiscal 2020, when all the money directed to the fund that year would be for dredging and other harbor projects. Adopted 67-32. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Whitehouse amendment to 60 votes. Subsequently the substitute amendment was adopted by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3217, S3223-S3227, S3228

  • May 8, 2013Senate Vote 115 Water Resources Development Act Reauthorization — Firearms on Federally Managed Land
    Coburn, R-Okla., amendment no. 805 to the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 799. The Coburn amendment would bar the Army secretary from establishing or enforcing regulations that prohibit the possession of firearms on water infrastructure property managed by the Army Corps of Engineers if the individual is not prohibited from possessing it and is in compliance with state gun laws. The substitute would authorize Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects through 2016. It would increase funds available from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for harbor and dredging projects, starting at $1 billion in fiscal 2014 and increasing annually until fiscal 2020, when all the money directed to the fund that year would be for dredging and other harbor projects. Rejected 56-43. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the Coburn amendment to 60 votes. Congressional Record p. S3218-S3223, S3227

  • May 8, 2013 — Considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3217-S328, S3240-S3248

  • May 8, 2013 — J. Sessions, R-Ala., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 819. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263, S3265

  • May 8, 2013 — C. Levin, D-Mich., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 857. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3274

  • May 8, 2013 — Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 856. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3274

  • May 8, 2013 — Kaine, D-Va., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 855. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3274

  • May 8, 2013 — Casey, D-Pa., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 854. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3274

  • May 8, 2013 — T. Udall, D-N.M., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 853. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3273

  • May 8, 2013 — T. Udall, D-N.M., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 852. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3273

  • May 8, 2013 — T. Udall, D-N.M., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 851. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3273

  • May 8, 2013 — Manchin, D-W.Va., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 850. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3272-S3273

  • May 8, 2013 — Rubio, R-Fla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 849. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3272

  • May 8, 2013 — Menendez, D-N.J., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 848. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3272

  • May 8, 2013 — M. Baucus, D-Mont., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 847. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3272

  • May 8, 2013 — Manchin, D-W.Va., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 846. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3272

  • May 8, 2013 — L. Graham, R-S.C., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 845. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3272

  • May 8, 2013 — L. Graham, R-S.C., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 844. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3271-S3272

  • May 8, 2013 — L. Graham, R-S.C., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 843. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3271

  • May 8, 2013 — L. Graham, R-S.C., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 842. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3271

  • May 8, 2013 — L. Graham, R-S.C., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 841. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3271

  • May 8, 2013 — M. Warner, D-Va., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 840. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3271

  • May 8, 2013 — Gillibrand, D-N.Y., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 839. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3268-S3271

  • May 8, 2013 — Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 838. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3268

  • May 8, 2013 — S. Collins, R-Maine, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 837. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3268

  • May 8, 2013 — J. Reed, D-R.I., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 836. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267-S3268

  • May 8, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 835. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — Barrasso, R-Wyo., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 834. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — McCain, R-Ariz., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 833. Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — Murray, D-Wash., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 832. Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — M. Baucus, D-Mont., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 831. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — Wicker, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 830. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — Boozman, R-Ark., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 821. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3265-S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — Wicker, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 829. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 828. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266-S3267

  • May 8, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 827. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 826. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 825. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — Cochran, R-Miss., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 824. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 823. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — Boozman, R-Ark., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 822. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3264, S3266

  • May 8, 2013 — J. Sessions, R-Ala., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 820. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263-S3264, S3265

  • May 8, 2013 — J. Sessions, R-Ala., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 818. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263, S3264-S3265

  • May 8, 2013 — J. Sessions, R-Ala., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 817. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263, S3264

  • May 8, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 816. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263, S3264

  • May 8, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 815. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263, S3264

  • May 8, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 814. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3263, S3264

  • May 7, 2013Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. S3152-S3153

  • May 7, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. S3099

  • May 7, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule for the day. Congressional Record p. S3099

  • May 7, 2013 — Brown, D-Ohio, unanimous consent request that when the Senate completes its business on May 7, it adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8; that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day; that following any leader remarks, the Senate be in a period of morning business until 10 a.m., with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees; further, that at 10 a.m. the Senate recess for the joint meeting of Congress with the president of the Republic of Korea until 11:30 a.m.; that when the Senate reconvenes, the Senate resume consideration of S 601, the Water Resources Development Act, under the previous order, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3213

  • May 7, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., amendment no. 799, in the nature of a substitute, agreed to by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S3110

  • May 7, 2013 — Considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3110-S3138, S3139-S3152

  • May 7, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3110

  • May 7, 2013 — Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 813. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3211

  • May 7, 2013 — Rand Paul, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 812. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3211

  • May 7, 2013 — J. Sessions, R-Ala., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 811. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3211

  • May 7, 2013 — Rand Paul, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 810. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3210-S3211

  • May 7, 2013 — Rand Paul, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 809. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3208-S3210

  • May 7, 2013 — Rand Paul, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 808. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3208

  • May 7, 2013 — Rand Paul, R-Ky., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 807. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3208

  • May 7, 2013 — M. Pryor, D-Ark., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 806. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3208

  • May 7, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 805. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3207

  • May 7, 2013 — Coburn, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 804. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3207

  • May 7, 2013 — Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 803. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3205-S3207

  • May 7, 2013 — M. Landrieu, D-La., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 802. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3205

  • May 7, 2013 — M. Pryor, D-Ark., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 801. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3205

  • May 7, 2013 — Blunt, R-Mo., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 800. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3204-S3205

  • May 7, 2013 — Boxer, D-Calif., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 799. Congressional Record p. S3168, S3169-S3204

  • May 7, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 798. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168, S3169

  • May 7, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 797. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168-S3169

  • May 7, 2013 — Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 796. (Ordered to lie on the table.) Congressional Record p. S3168-S3169

  • May 6, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Provides the Senate schedule for the day. Congressional Record p. S3069

  • May 6, 2013 — Durbin, D-Ill., unanimous consent request that the cloture motion with respect to the motion to proceed to S 601 be withdrawn; further, that at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, the motion to proceed to S 601 be agreed to and the Senate begin consideration of the bill, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3079

  • April 25, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., motion to close debate (cloture motion) on consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, pending at recess (60 votes required) (vote to occur on May 6, 2013). Congressional Record p. S3020

  • April 25, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, pending at recess. Congressional Record p. S3020

  • April 24, 2013H. Reid, D-Nev., Senate speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. S2909-S2911

  • April 22, 2013 — Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. S Rept 113-13Congressional Record p. S2844

  • April 17, 2013Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • April 9, 2013Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • March 20, 2013 — Environment & Public Works Committee vote: Water Infrastructure Authorization-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) 18-0.

  • March 20, 2013 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

    March 20, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Infrastructure Authorization — Substitute Amendment
      Boxer, D-Calif. —

    Substitute amendment that would create a commission tasked with identifying Army Corps of Engineers water resources projects to deauthorize, targeted at projects that are no longer feasible or in the federal interest. Certain projects would be exempt from being deauthorized, including projects that have received appropriations in the past decade. The commission would submit to Congress a list of projects to be deauthorized, which would take effect unless Congress acted on a disapproval resolution.

    It would amend harbor maintenance prioritization provisions in the bill, including specifying that prioritization could not occur in fiscal years during which the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund guarantee provided for under the bill is not enforced.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    March 20, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Infrastructure Authorization — En Bloc Amendments
     

    Adopt, en bloc, the following amendments by:

    • Max Baucus, D-Mont., that would provide for the application of tribal permits, governments or laws to the financial assistance provisions of the underlying measure. The amendment also would allow tribal organizations to expend funds under certain contracts to pay interest payments, the retirement of principal, costs of insurance or similar financial obligations related to construction project contracts without approval from the federal government.
    • Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that would allow certain actions by the Army secretary to prevent aquatic nuisance species from being dispersed into the Great Lakes through Mississippi River Basin connectors.
    • Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., that would deauthorize from a project in Oregon a portion for raising and improving existing levees in Clatsop County.
    • Merkley, that would deauthorize from another project in Oregon a portion for raising and improving existing levees in Clatsop County.
    • Merkley, that would extinguish a portion of an easement on certain properties.
    • Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., that would direct the Army secretary to provide recommendations to Congress and relevant state agencies on ways to modify federal and state laws in order to respond to invasive species threats more effectively.
    • Sessions, that would require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress on options for maximizing benefits from wetlands conservation while boosting efficiency and lowering costs.
    • Sessions, that would require a GAO study comparing dam repairs on the Cumberland River to similar repairs the Army Corps of Engineers makes. The report would need to be submitted to Congress with recommendations on whether the dam repairs on the Cumberland River should have been classified as repairs under the National Dam Safety Program.
    • Roger Wicker, R-Miss., that would specify that the provisions in the bill relating to the national levee safety program would not allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency director to set premium rates under the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • Adopted (en bloc) by unanimous consent.

      March 20, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Infrastructure Authorization — Vote to Report

      Authorize the Army secretary to carry out water resource development, conservation and other projects that have Chief of Engineers reports completed and have been referred to Congress by the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works by time the bill is enacted.

      The measure would establish a firewall mechanism around the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, by requiring that total amounts made available by appropriations from the fund be the same as the taxes plus interest deposited. It would require that expenditures be used only for harbor maintenance programs.

      For project feasibility studies, the measure would set a three-year deadline and set a $3 million cap on the federal cost share, with exemptions allowed for complex projects and changes in circumstances.

      The bill also would allow the Army secretary to hold a meeting with various agencies involved in a project to set deadlines for project decisions, to be held within 30 days after the public comment period ends on a draft environmental impact statement.

      It also would establish a system of meetings to resolve issues that could delay the environmental review process or result in a denial of approvals required for the project. Exemptions would be allowed if the agency certifies that it did not receive information or approvals it needs from another entity, that significant new information or circumstances have arisen that requires more analysis, or if the agency does not have the money to finish the review under the scheduled deadline, and sets a new deadline. If issues are not resolved within 30 days of a meeting, it would be elevated to agency heads. If that does not result in issue resolution, the matter would be referred to the Council on Environmental Quality, and if necessary, the president.

      Federal agencies that do not render a decision within 180 days related to projects needing environmental impact statements or environmental assessments, like permits or licenses, would see monetary penalties in which either $10,000 or $20,000 weekly would be shifted from the head of the agency’s office to the division tasked with issuing the decision. Penalty amounts would depend on the type of environmental review required for the project. Penalties would continue until a decision is made, with certain exemptions allowed and caps set.

      The measure would direct the Army secretary to create pilot programs to let non-federal interests conduct feasibility studies and carry out flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage reduction and harbor navigation projects. The measure would authorize both pilot programs at $25 million annually over fiscal 2014 through 2015

      It also would create a pilot program to finance flood control, water supply and wastewater projects through loans and loan guarantees. The measure would authorize $50 million annually over fiscals 2014 through 2018.

      The bill also would create a levee safety program and reauthorize a dam safety program.

      It also would require the Army secretary to work with the new national levee safety advisory board to submit to Congress a report every two years on the state of the nation’s levees as well as the effectiveness of the new national levee safety program.

      As amended, the measure would create a commission tasked with identifying Army Corps of Engineers water resources projects to deauthorize, targeted at projects that are no longer feasible or in the federal interest. The commission would need to submit to Congress a list of projects to be deauthorized within four years of the bill’s enactment, which would take effect unless Congress acted on a disapproval resolution.

      The measure would allow the Army secretary to modify authorized costs for already authorized projects by certifying information to Congress and after receiving appropriations. The secretary would need to certify that the additional expenditures are needed to protect life and safety, maintain critical navigation routes or restore ecosystems. For projects under construction, the secretary would need to certify that without the additional authorized costs, resulting delays would lead to increased costs to the federal government and that the president’s budget or a work plan reflects additional costs. This authority would be limited to three years.

      It also would require mitigation plans for water resource projects to cover damages to land and aquatic resources. The bill also would allow the Army secretary to develop programmatic mitigation plans to address possible impacts to ecological resources, fish and wildlife linked with existing or future water projects. The Army secretary would need to use the mitigation plans to guide development of individual plans required in project authorization proposals to Congress.

      The measure also would establish a point of order in the House and Senate against legislation that would make available amounts for Army Corps of Engineers civil works programs (other than the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund) lower than the previous fiscal year, unless it aligned with similar reductions to other discretionary programs.

      It also would require the Army secretary to annually publish online a report on the status of its smaller projects, known as continuing authority programs.

      As amended, the measure would allow certain actions by the Army secretary to prevent aquatic nuisance species from being dispersed into the Great Lakes through Mississippi River Basin connectors.

      As amended, the bill would specify that the provisions relating to the national levee safety program would not allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency director to set premium rates under the National Flood Insurance Program.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) 18-0.

  • March 18, 2013 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Vitter (R-La.)
  • March 18, 2013 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Environment and Public Works.Congressional Record p. S1892

  • March 11, 2013 — Related measure, S 513, introduced by Inhofe, R-Okla.

  • Feb. 4, 2013 — Related measure, S 218, introduced by Levin, D-Mich.

  • Jan. 24, 2013 — Related measure, S 125, introduced by Brown, D-Ohio.

  • Jan. 22, 2013 — Related measure, HR 335, introduced by Boustany, R-La.