Federal - HR 3080

The Water Resources, Reform & Development Act of 2013

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HR 3080, The Water Resources, Reform & Development Act of 2013 would authorize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects - costing an estimated $12 billion. It would require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects. It would significantly modify the procedures for selecting, reviewing and building water projects by creating a new process for water project approval, limiting to three years the period in which feasibility studies must be completed and streamlining the environmental review and permitting process and allowing greater participation by non-federal interests in water resource development and operation. The measure would provide for increased expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to reduce the backlog of port and harbor projects and require a review of possible ways to increase revenue collections for financing projects on the inland waterways. It also would create two pilot programs to promote innovative financing of water projects and attract new non-federal investments. To read the full text of the legislation, click here.

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  • Sept. 8, 2014 — Related measure, HR 5412, introduced by Hastings, R-Wash.

  • July 25, 2014Woodall, R-Ga., House speech: Lauds passage of the bill. Congressional Record p. H6852-H6853

  • June 11, 2014Paulsen, R-Minn., House speech: Discusses a provision of the law. Congressional Record p. H5313

  • June 10, 2014Hahn, D-Calif., House speech: Lauds passage of the bill. Congressional Record p. H5193-H5194

  • June 10, 2014 — Became Public Law, PL 113-121, 128 Stat. 1193. Congressional Record p. H5822

  • June 10, 2014 — Signed by the president. Congressional Record p. H5822

  • June 9, 2014 — Submitted to the president. Congressional Record p. H5184

  • May 30, 2014 — Enrolled measure signed in the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3338

  • May 30, 2014 — Enrolled measure signed in the House. Congressional Record p. H5062

  • May 29, 2014Betty McCollum, D-Minn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 220, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E874-E875

  • May 28, 2014Van Hollen, D-Md., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E849

  • May 28, 2014Bonamici, D-Ore., House speech: Supports a conference report on the bill. Congressional Record p. E844-E845

  • May 22, 2014Chambliss, R-Ga., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3277-S3278

  • May 22, 2014H. Johnson, D-Ga., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 220, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E815

  • May 22, 2014Markey, D-Mass., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3260

  • May 22, 2014Cardin, D-Md., Senate speech: Supports the bill. (Colloquy with Vitter, R-La., Klobuchar, D-Minn..) Congressional Record p. S3250-S3255

  • May 22, 2014Coburn, R-Okla., Senate speech: Opposes the bill. Congressional Record p. S3249

  • May 22, 2014 — Measure cleared for the president. Congressional Record p. S3273

  • May 22, 2014Senate Vote 163 Water Projects — Conference Report
    Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would authorize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects - costing an estimated $12 billion. It would require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects. It would significantly modify the procedures for selecting, reviewing and building water projects by creating a new process for water project approval, limiting to three years the period in which feasibility studies must be completed and streamlining the environmental review and permitting process and allowing greater participation by non-federal interests in water resource development and operation. The measure would provide for increased expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to reduce the backlog of port and harbor projects and require a review of possible ways to increase revenue collections for financing projects on the inland waterways. It also would create two pilot programs to promote innovative financing of water projects and attract new non-federal investments. Adopted (thus cleared for the president) 91-7. Note: By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to raise the majority requirement for adoption of the conference report to 60 votes. Congressional Record p. S3273

  • May 22, 2014 — Conference report considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S3273

  • May 21, 2014Cole, R-Okla., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 220, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E807

  • May 21, 2014Betty McCollum, D-Minn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 220, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E802

  • May 21, 2014D. Collins, R-Ga., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 220, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E795

  • May 21, 2014T. Bishop, D-N.Y., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E793-E794

  • May 21, 2014Frankel, D-Fla., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H4692

  • May 21, 2014Boxer, D-Calif., Senate speech: Supports the bill. (Colloquy with Landrieu, D-La.) Congressional Record p. S3205-S3210

  • May 21, 2014 — Reid, D-Nev., unanimous consent request that when the Senate completes its business on May 21, it adjourn until 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014; 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 will be in a period of morning business until 1:45 p.m., with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the majority controlling the first 30 minutes, the Republicans controlling the second 30 minutes, and the final 10 minutes equally divided and controlled between Sens. Leahy, D-Vt., and Paul, R-Ky., or their designees, with Leahy controlling the final 5 minutes; and that at 1:45 p.m. the Senate vote on confirmation of the Barron nomination, with all other provisions of previous order remaining in effect; further, that upon disposition of the Barron nomination, the Senate resume legislative session, and pursuant to the previous order, the Chair lay before the Senate the message with respect to the conference report to accompany HR 3080; that there be 2 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form prior to the adoption of the conference report, with all other provisions of the previous order remaining in effect, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3244

  • May 20, 2014D. Collins, R-Ga., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E828

  • May 20, 2014Bill Shuster, R-Pa., House speech: Submits a list of supporters of the bill. Congressional Record p. E820

  • May 20, 2014Isakson, R-Ga., Senate speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. S3160

  • May 20, 2014Hahn, D-Calif., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H4486

  • May 20, 2014J. Kingston, R-Ga., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H4486

  • May 20, 2014 — Reed, D-R.I., unanimous consent request that if the Senate receives the papers with respect to the conference report to accompany HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, by Thursday, May 22, 2014, at a time to be determined by the majority leader with the concurrence of the Republican leader, but no later than Thursday, May 22, the Senate proceed to vote on adoption of the conference report; that the vote be subject to a 60-vote threshold; further, that no motions or points of order be in order to the conference report, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S3174

  • May 20, 2014 — Conference report agreed to in the House by roll call vote, 412-4, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). H Rept 113-449Congressional Record p. H4495-H4496

  • May 20, 2014House Vote 220 Water Projects — Conference Report
    Shuster, R-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the conference report on the bill that would authorize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-resources activities including port dredging, inland locks and dams, and flood control projects - costing an estimated $12 billion. It would require the deauthorization of at least $18 billion in previously authorized projects. It would significantly modify the procedures for selecting, reviewing and building water projects by creating a new process for water project approval, limiting to three years the period in which feasibility studies must be completed and streamlining the environmental review and permitting process and allowing greater participation by non-federal interests in water resource development and operation. The measure would provide for increased expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to reduce the backlog of port and harbor projects and require a review of possible ways to increase revenue collections for financing projects on the inland waterways. It also would create two pilot programs to promote innovative financing of water projects and attract new non-federal investments. Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 412-4. Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (278 this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules. Congressional Record p. H4495-H4496

  • May 20, 2014Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • May 15, 2014 — Conference report filed in the House. H Rept 113-449Congressional Record p. H4065

  • April 9, 2014Jolly, R-Fla., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H3059

  • Feb. 12, 2014 — Senate conferees named: Sanders, I-Vt. Congressional Record p. S964

  • Jan. 29, 2014 — Provisions of HR 3978, the New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act, are included in the bill.

  • Jan. 15, 2014Pocan, D-Wis., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H460-H467

  • Nov. 20, 2013 — Conference committee proceeding held by House and Senate conferees.

  • Nov. 19, 2013Garamendi, D-Calif., House speech: Supports the bill. (Colloquy with Enyart, D-Ill., Fortenberry, R-Neb..) Congressional Record p. H7242-H7247

  • Nov. 14, 2013 — House conferees named: Graves, R-Mo. Congressional Record p. H7095

  • Nov. 14, 2013 — House conferees withdrawn: Graves, R-Ga. Congressional Record p. H7095

  • Nov. 14, 2013 — House conferees named: Shuster, R-Pa., Duncan, R-Tenn., LoBiondo, R-N.J., Graves, R-Mo., Graves, R-Ga., Capito, R-W.Va., Miller, R-Mich., Hunter, R-Calif., Bucshon, R-Ind., Gibbs, R-Ohio, Hanna, R-N.Y., Webster, R-Fla., Rice, R-S.C., Mullin, R-Okla., Davis, R-Ill., Rahall, D-W.Va., DeFazio, D-Ore., Brown, D-Fla., Bishop, D-N.Y., Johnson, D-Texas, Edwards, D-Md., Garamendi, D-Calif., Hahn, D-Calif., Nolan, D-Minn., Frankel, D-Fla., Bustos, D-Ill., Hastings, R-Wash., Bishop, R-Utah, Napolitano, D-Calif. Congressional Record p. H7080

  • Nov. 14, 2013House Vote 582 Water Projects Authorization — Motion to Instruct
    Maloney, D-N.Y., motion to instruct conferees to agree to Senate-passed provisions that would reauthorize a national dam safety program through fiscal 2018 and authorize $9.2 million per year for the program. Motion agreed to 347-76. Congressional Record p. H7066-H7069, H7079

  • Nov. 14, 2013 — Shuster, R-Pa., motion that the House disagree with the Senate amendment to the bill and agree to the conference requested by the Senate, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. H7066

  • Nov. 12, 2013C. McCarthy, D-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 560, and intended to vote yea. Congressional Record p. E1628

  • Nov. 12, 2013C. McCarthy, D-N.Y., Senate speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 559, and would have voted yes if present. Congressional Record p. E1628

  • Nov. 12, 2013C. McCarthy, D-N.Y., Senate speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 558, and would have voted yes if present. Congressional Record p. E1628

  • Nov. 12, 2013C. McCarthy, D-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 557, and intended to vote nay. Congressional Record p. E1628

  • Nov. 12, 2013C. McCarthy, D-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 556, and intended to vote aye. Congressional Record p. E1628

  • Nov. 12, 2013Quigley, D-Ill., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E1637

  • Nov. 12, 2013Garamendi, D-Calif., House speech: Discusses the conference on the bill. Congressional Record p. H6980-H6983

  • Nov. 4, 2013 — Senate conferees named: Boxer, D-Calif.; Baucus, D-Mont.; Carper, D-Del.; Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Cardin, D-Md.; Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Vitter, R-La. and Inhofe, R-Okla. Congressional Record p. S7799

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., unanimous consent request that the Senate proceed to HR 3080, that the substitute amendment, consisting of the text of S 601, as passed by the Senate, be inserted in lieu thereof; that the bill, as amended be read a third time and passed and that the Senate insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House and the presiding officer be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate with a ratio of 5 to 3, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S27778

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — The text of S 601, as passed by the Senate, was inserted as an amendment in the nature of a substitute, in lieu of the text of the bill. Congressional Record p. S27778

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., motion that the Senate insist on its amendments and request a conference with the House, agreed to by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S7778

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — Measure, as amended, passed in the Senate by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S7778

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — Reid, D-Nev., amendment no. 2009, in the nature of a substitute, adopted by unanimous consent. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. S7778

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — Considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S7778

  • Oct. 31, 2013 — H. Reid, D-Nev., amendment introduced in the Senate: amendment no 2009. Congressional Record p. S7734-S7776

  • Oct. 30, 2013Kildee, D-Mich., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. E1602

  • Oct. 30, 2013Bonamici, D-Ore., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E1601

  • Oct. 29, 2013E. Johnson, D-Texas, House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E1590-E1591

  • Oct. 29, 2013Garamendi, D-Calif., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E1589

  • Oct. 28, 2013 — Received in the Senate and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Congressional Record p. S7573

  • Oct. 24, 2013Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 556-560, and would have voted yea on 556 and 560 and nay on 557-559 if present. Congressional Record p. E1573

  • Oct. 23, 2013Cramer, R-N.D., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H6694

  • Oct. 23, 2013Cleaver, D-Mo., House speech: Opposes the bill. Congressional Record p. H6694

  • Oct. 23, 2013Stutzman, R-Ind., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H6694

  • Oct. 23, 2013Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H6692-H6693

  • Oct. 23, 2013Kuster, D-N.H., House speech: Opposes provisions in the bill. Congressional Record p. H6689

  • Oct. 23, 2013P. Murphy, D-Fla., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H6687-H6688

  • Oct. 23, 2013C. Miller, R-Mich., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H6687

  • Oct. 23, 2013Honda, D-Calif., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H6685-H6686

  • Oct. 23, 2013Bustos, D-Ill., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H6683-H6684

  • Oct. 23, 2013Duckworth, D-Ill., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 560, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1567

  • Oct. 23, 2013Blumenauer, D-Ore., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H6680-H6681

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 560 Water Projects Authorization — Passage
    Passage of the bill that would authorize Army Corps of Engineers water resource projects and activities, including port dredging, flood control, and improvements to inland locks and dams. The measure would establish a new process for project selection and permitting. It also would authorize 23 construction projects at an estimated federal cost of $3.1 billion over the next five years, deauthorize a number of older projects and establish a procedure for future deauthorizations. As amended it would allow greater participation by non-federal interests, such as state and local governments, in water resource development and would create a pilot program for public-private partnerships. It calls for increased expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and would require a study to identify possible new revenue streams for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. It also would direct the corps to calculate the national benefits of proposed flood protection projects. Passed 417-3. Note: A "yea" was a vote in support of the president's position. Congressional Record p. H6758

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Committee of the Whole amendment agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H6757-H6758

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H6758

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Gardner, R-Colo., amendment no. 24, to establish the Office of Water Storage at the Army Corp of Engineers to serve as an initial point of contact for the acquisition or satisfaction of a federal permit for a water storage facility, withdrawn. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H6754-H6755

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 559 Water Projects Authorization — Flood Protection
    Richmond, D-La., amendment that would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to include in any feasibility study on projects to reduce flood, hurricane or storm damage a calculation of the benefits of the proposed projects, including benefits from a reduction in national and regional economic losses, as well as from the completion of projects that would protect evacuation routes. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 237-183. Congressional Record p. H6752-H6754, H6757

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Velazquez, D-N.Y., amendment no. 13, to establish a national water-based freight policy to improve the movement of freight and cargo over waterways, canals, ports and harbors, rejected by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H6751-H6752

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Jones, R-N.C., amendment no. 8, to exempt the disaster restriction on projects which non-federal interests may contribute to, withdrawn. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H6750-H6751

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Shuster, R-Pa., en bloc amendment no. 1 consisting of the following amendments printed in HRpt. 113-246, Part 1: Mullin, R-Okla., amendment no. 4, as modified, to specify that due to ongoing drought in many parts of the United States, state agencies are finding it difficult to maintain Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-licensed lake levels; Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment no. 9, to provide that in making recommendations pursuant to section 118 of the Act, the secretary shall consult with key stakeholders, including state, county and city governments, and, where applicable, state and local water districts in the case of recommendations concerning project that substantially affect underrepresented communities the secretary shall also consult with historically Black colleges and universities, Tribal colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions; Grimm, R-N.Y., amendment no. 10, to modify section 118 to require the secretary of the Army to include project recommendations made in the study for flood and storm damage reduction related to natural disasters under Title II of division A of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 within the secretary's report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development; Peters, D-Calif., amendment no. 11, to add a subsection specifying that the secretary of the Army coordinates with the administrator of the FEMA to disseminate the emergency communication of risk to the public through widely used and readily available means; Stutzman, R-Ind., amendment no. 12, to provide that the secretary of the Army shall not require the removal of levee vegetation until the Corps of Engineers' policy guidelines on vegetation management for levees have been reviewed and adopted; Pierluisi, D-P.R., amendment no. 14, to add Puerto Rico to the provision of law that would be updated for inflation by section 137 and that authorizes the secretary of the Army to waive local cost-sharing requirements up to a specified dollar amount for studies and projects in certain U.S. territories; Cotton, R-Ark., amendment no. 15, to allow non-federal entities and the Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate on a proposal to sell any excess water supply in order to address an oversupply of water resulting from the 1958 Water Supply Act; Hastings, R-Wash., amendment no. 17, to ensure that Congress continues the practice of authorizing project purposes at Corps of Engineers dams or reservoirs; McCollum, D-Minn., amendment no. 18, to establish a multi-agency effort to slow the spread of Asian carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins and tributaries by providing technical assistance, coordination, best practices and support to state and local governments in carrying out such activities; Thompson, D-Calif., amendment no. 19, to require the Government Accountability Office to conduct an assessment on the impacts of aquatic invasive species on federal assets and current federal spending on aquatic invasive species prevention; Brownley, D-Calif., amendment no. 20, to require the Army Corps to consider activities of the secretary of the Navy when assessing the operation and maintenance needs of harbors and the equitable distribution of funds; Lowenthal, D-Calif., amendment no. 21 to require the secretary to include "expanded uses" of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund in the assessments and prioritization of operations and maintenance reports to Congress; Brownley, D-Calif., amendment no. 22, to require the GAO to study and report to Congress on the effectiveness of activities funded by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund in maximizing economic growth and job creation in the communities surrounding low- and moderate-use ports; Schneider, D-Ill., amendment no. 23, to expand congressional reporting requirements to include recommendations for mitigating current problems and limiting the construction backlog, agreed to by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H6743-H6746

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Bentivolio, R-Mich., amendment no. 7, to increase the amount of backlogged projects to be de-authorized, beyond what is initially de-authorized in the bill from $12,000,000,000 to $35,000,000,000, rejected by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H6749-H6750

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 558 Water Projects Authorization — Sand Transfer Plants
    Hastings, D-Fla., amendment that would require the Army secretary to include operation and maintenance costs associated with sand transfer plants in the Army Corps of Engineers' annual budget. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 133-287. Congressional Record p. H6748-H6749

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Young, R-Alaska, amendment no. 5, to require USACE to contract with private sector surveying and mapping firms, wherever practical, in performance of surveying and mapping services and activities for corps projects, rejected by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H6746-H6748

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 557 Water Projects Authorization — Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
    Flores, R-Texas, amendment would bar the Army Corps of Engineers from further implementation of coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management components authorized by a 2010 executive order. The amendment would require the corps to conduct and submit a study to Congress detailing ocean policy activities engaged in and resources expended pursuant to the executive order as well as any budget requests for fiscal 2014 that support the National Ocean Policy implementation plan. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 225-193. Congressional Record p. H6741-H6743, H6755-H6756

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 556 Water Projects Authorization — Environmental Reviews
    DeFazio, D-Ore., amendment would delay the effective date of provisions that would streamline environmental reviews until the Army secretary certifies to Congress that the cost to construct all uncompleted, authorized water resources development projects is less than $20 billion. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 183-236. Congressional Record p. H6740-H6741, H6755

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Gibbs, R-Ohio, amendment no. 1, to add a new section that provides for expediting the completion of any on-going feasibility study for a project initiated prior to enactment and clarifies that the Corps of Engineers is authorized to move to preconstruction planning, engineering, and design activities immediately after completing a feasibility study; to amend section 107 of the bill to add a savings clause to ensure work carried out under an existing statute related to navigation that is repealed in the bill can continue if initiated prior to enactment; to add a new section providing non-federal interests the ability to carry out work at their own expense for a project where a final feasibility report has been completed but has not received authorization from Congress; to require the non-federal interest to carry out work subject to any state or federal permitting requirements and to carry out the project in accordance with the final feasibility report; to amend section 120 of the bill to request the Corps of Engineers to review the uses and economic feasibility of non-structural alternatives in their review of existing authorities for carrying out work after a storm event; to amend section 102 of the bill to add natural gas companies to the entities eligible to contribute funds to Corps of Engineers to expedite the processing of permits within the regulatory program of the Corps of Engineers; to make other technical and conforming changes to the bill, agreed to by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H6738-H6740

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 555 Water Projects Authorization — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 385) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would authorize water resource activities and projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. It would allow the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman or his designee to offer amendments en bloc. Under the rule, en bloc amendments would not be subject to further amendment or a demand for division of the question. Adopted 271-147. Congressional Record p. H6706

  • Oct. 23, 2013House Vote 554 Water Projects Authorization — Previous Question
    Webster, R-Fla., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 385) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill that would authorize water resource activities and projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. Motion agreed to 225-194. Congressional Record p. H6705-H6706

  • Oct. 23, 2013 — Considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H6706-H6758

  • Oct. 23, 2013Statement of Administration Policy issued by Office of Management and Budget.

  • Oct. 22, 2013 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 385, reported to the House as a rule for HR 3080.

  • Oct. 22, 2013 — House Rules Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule for HR 3080; the rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; the rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill; in section 2, the rule makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of House Rules Committee Print 113-24 and provides that it shall be considered as read; the rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute; the rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in the House Rules Committee report and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the rule; each amendment printed in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question; the rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report or against amendments en bloc; in section 3, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the report not earlier disposed of; amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question; the original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the amendments en bloc; in section 4, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions; testimony was heard from Reps. Shuster R-Pa., Young, R-Alaska, Gibbs, R-Ohio, Rahall, D-W.Va., Brown, D-Fla.Bishop, D-N.Y., Hahn, D-Calif., Frankel, D-Fla., Hastings, D-Fla., Polis, D-Colo., King, R-Iowa, Murphy, R-Pa., Salmon, R-Ariz., Stutzman, R-Ind., Collins, R-Ga., Cooper, D-Tenn., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Huffman, D-Calif., and Jeffries, D-N.Y. Congressional Record p. H6668, H6674, D1001

  • Oct. 22, 2013 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Rules Committee.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Open Rule
    L. Slaughter, D-N.Y. —

    Amendment that would provide an open rule for floor consideration of HR 3080, the water resources development legislation.

    Rejected 2-7.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Hydrological Separation
    L. Slaughter, D-N.Y. —

    Motion to make in order her amendment that would require a feasibility study on hydrological separation between the Mississippi River watershed and the Lake Michigan watershed.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Harbor Maintenance Tax
    L. Slaughter, D-N.Y. —

    Motion to make in order a Janice Hahn, D-Calif., amendment that would make the full amount of the Harbor Maintenance tax collected each year available to the Army Corps of Engineers to be spent on ports without further appropriation.

    Rejected 2-7.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Chief of Engineers Report
    L. Slaughter, D-N.Y. —

    Motion to make in order a Corrine Brown, D-Fla., amendment that would authorize any project that receives a final chief of engineers report up to one year following enactment.

    Rejected 2-7.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Olmsted Project
    A. Hastings, D-Fla. —

    Motion to make in order a Jared Polis, D-Colo., amendment that would require the Government Accountability Office to study why the Olmsted Locks and Dams project on the Ohio River, between Illinois and Kentucky, has exceeded its budget.

    Rejected 2-7.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — 50-Foot Deep Waterways
    A. Hastings, D-Fla. —

    Motion to make in order a Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., amendment that would increase to 100 percent the federal cost-share for the maintenance of waterways between 45 feet and 50 feet deep.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Oct. 22, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Vote to Report

    Provide a structured rule for consideration of HR 3080, the water resources development legislation.

    The rule would provide one hour of debate, controlled and divided equally by the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    The rule would make in order as original text the Rules Committee print.

    It would make in order the following 24 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes:

    • Bill Shuster, R-Pa., amendment that would allow non-federal interests to carry out projects that have not been specifically authorized by Congress if a final feasibility report has been completed, they obtain all required federal and state permits and approvals, and they carry out the project in compliance with the plan set out in the final feasibility report. It also would require the Army secretary to speed up completion of ongoing feasibility studies and, if justified in a completed report, start preconstruction for the projects. It would let natural gas companies participate in a program that allows the corps to receive money from non-federal entities to speed up permit evaluations.
    • Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., amendment that would delay environmental streamlining provisions until the Army Corps of Engineers certifies there is sufficient funding to reduce the current backlog of authorized projects to less than $20 billion.
    • Bill Flores, R-Texas, amendment that would prohibit coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management under an executive order providing United States policy for ocean, costal and Great Lakes resources.
    • Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., amendment that would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to assess the effects of drought conditions on FERC-licensed lakes.
    • Don Young, R-Alaska, amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to contract with private firms whenever practical for surveying and mapping services and activities.
    • Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to include sand transfer plants in its annual operations and maintenance budget.
    • Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to find and eliminate $35 billion in backlogged projects no longer viable for construction.
    • Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., amendment that would remove a provision from the bill dealing with contributions the Army secretary could receive from states and local governments for repairing or replacing authorized water project damaged by presidentially-declared disasters.
    • Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to consult with state, county, and city governments and affected historically black colleges and tribal colleges when studying recommendations for storm damage and hurricane mitigation projects.
    • Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., amendment that would require the Army secretary to recommend hurricane damage reduction projects to Congress.
    • Scott Peters, D-Calif., amendment that would require FEMA to publish online expected water levels and appropriate preparations in flood-prone river basins.
    • Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., amendment that would allow levee vegetation until the Corps of Engineers' policy guidelines on vegetation management for levees is adopted.
    • Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., amendment that would direct the Army secretary to establish a national water-based-freight network to help states direct resources to efficiently move freight on water. The Army secretary would need to develop a strategic plan for this network, which would need to be updated every five years, as well as biennial reports on the network’s condition and performance.
    • Pedro R. Pierlusi, D-P.R., amendment that would add Puerto Rico to list of territories that would not be bound by local cost-sharing requirements.
    • Tom Cotton, R-Ark., amendment that would allow the Corps of Engineers to accept from state and local governments a 10-year plan that seeks alternative users of future water storage.
    • Cedric L. Richmond, R-La., amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to calculate the economic and public safety benefits of flood damage reduction projects.
    • Doc Hastings, R-Wash., amendment that would prevent the Corps of Engineers from developing projects at its dams and reservoirs for activities not authorized by the bill.
    • Betty McCollum, D-Minn., amendment that would require the Fish and Wildlife Service, Corps of Engineers and other agencies to provide technical assistance to local governments in efforts to slow the spread of Asian carp.
    • Mike Thompson, D-Calif., amendment that would require the Government Accountability Office to assess the federal cost of aquatic invasive species.
    • Julia Brownley, D-Calif., amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to consider Navy activities when assessing the operation and maintenance needs of harbors.
    • Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to include "expanded uses" of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund in its assessment of operations and maintenance.
    • Brownley amendment that would define low- and moderate-use ports and require a study of the economic benefits of activities funded by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.
    • Brad Schneider, D-Ill., amendment that would require the Corps of Engineers to include recommendations for reducing construction backlogs in its report to Congress.
    • Cory Gardner, R-Colo., amendment that would establish an office of water storage under the Corp of Engineers to serve as an initial point of contact for water storage facility permits.
    • The rule would waive all points of order against consideration of the bill, the provisions in the bill and amendments made in order. Amendments would not be subject to further amendment or a division vote.

      The rule would allow the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee or a designee to offer amendments en bloc.

      It would provide for one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.

  • Oct. 21, 2013Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • Oct. 21, 2013 — House Budget Committee, House Ways and Means Committee and House Natural Resources Committee discharged and placed on the Union Calendar. Congressional Record p. H6674

  • Oct. 21, 2013 — Reported to the House amended by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 113-246, Part 1Congressional Record p. H6673

  • Oct. 9, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 17

    Bera, (D-Calif.)Kingston, J. (R-Ga.)Negrete McLeod, (D-Calif.)
    Brady, R. (D-Pa.)Massie, (R-Ky.)Perry, (R-Pa.)
    Crawford, (R-Ark.)Matsui, D. (D-Calif.)Rothfus, (R-Pa.)
    Cummings, (D-Md.)McKinley, (R-W.Va.)Weber, (R-Texas)
    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)Meadows, (R-N.C.)Whitfield, (R-Ky.)
    Grimm, (R-N.Y.)Michaud, (D-Maine)
  • Sept. 25, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 27

    Barletta, (R-Pa.)Farenthold, (R-Texas)Miller, C. (R-Mich.)
    Bucshon, (R-Ind.)Garamendi, (D-Calif.)Mullin, (R-Okla.)
    Capito, (R-W.Va.)Hanna, (R-N.Y.)Nolan, (D-Minn.)
    Coble, (R-N.C.)Hunter, (R-Calif.)Petri, (R-Wis.)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)Johnson, E. (D-Texas)Radel, (R-Fla.)
    Davis, R. (R-Ill.)Lipinski, D. (D-Ill.)Ribble, (R-Wis.)
    Denham, (R-Calif.)LoBiondo, (R-N.J.)Rice, (R-S.C.)
    Duncan, John (R-Tenn.)Meehan, (R-Pa.)Webster, (R-Fla.)
    Esty, (D-Conn.)Mica, (R-Fla.)Williams, (R-Texas)
  • Sept. 19, 2013 — Transportation & Infrastructure Committee vote: Water Resources Development-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.

  • Sept. 19, 2013 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Manager's Amendment
      Bill Shuster, R-Pa. —

    Manager’s amendment that would make a number of changes to the bill, including a provision that would make combating invasive aquatic species an eligible Army Corps of Engineers activity.

    It also would let non-federal interests contribute additional money to carry out authorized projects that have exceeded their cost.

    The measure also would bar the Army secretary from banning floating cabins in waters under the corps' jurisdiction if the cabins are compliant with regulations for recreational vessels and this category of vessels is allowed in the corps waters.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Invasive Species
      DeFazio, D-Ore. —

    Amendment that would allow the Army secretary to create a program to combat aquatic invasive species and authorize $30 million for it.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Large Ports
      Hahn, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would raise the amount of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending that could be directed toward certain expanded dredging uses in years where target spending goals are met. The amendment would increase from 5 percent to 10 percent the portion of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending that could be directed to these expanded dredging uses.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund
      Hahn, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would take the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund outside of appropriators' control and bar trust fund money from being counted for federal budget purposes.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Sense of Congress
      Bill Shuster, R-Pa. —

    Substitute amendment to the Southerland, R-Fla., amendment that would establish a sense of Congress that the Army secretary should help develop interstate water agreements if governors request it, that Congress should promptly consider these agreements and that the Army secretary should adopt policies for operating corps reservoirs that are consistent with these agreements.

    The Southerland amendment would require congressional approval of reservoir project modifications that would reallocate at least 10,000 acre-feet or 5 percent of the project’s storage pool, whichever is less.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Sense of Congress
      Southerland, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that, as amended by a Shuster, R-Pa., substitute, would establish a sense of Congress that the Army secretary should help develop interstate water agreements if governors request it, that Congress should promptly consider these agreements and that the Army secretary should adopt policies for operating Corps reservoirs that are consistent with these agreements.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Distribution
      Napolitano, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would direct the Army secretary to ensure as much as possible that at least 30 percent of the amount of harbor maintenance taxes collected within a state get spent in that state.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Additional Authorizations
      C. Brown, D-Fla. —

    Amendment that would authorize projects that get a favorable Chief of Engineers report within a year after the bill’s enactment.

    To offset the cost of these additional projects, the amendment would require the Army secretary to revise its project deauthorization report to Congress to include additional projects that would equal the cost of the additional projects authorized under the amendment.

    To offset the cost of these additional projects, the amendment would require the Army secretary to revise the project deauthorization report to Congress to include additional projects that would equal the cost of the new projects authorized under the amendment. The deauthorization report lists projects that have been authorized but that are no longer viable.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Indemnification
      Nolan, D-Minn. —

    Amendment that would negate federal requirements for states to indemnify the federal government in order to carry out water projects if the federal requirements contradict that state’s law.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Foreign Sources of Sand
      Frankel, D-Fla. —

    Amendment that would remove an existing requirement that the Army secretary can only use foreign sources of sand for beach erosion or nourishment water projects only if the material is not available domestically due to environmental or economic reasons.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Mississippi River Management Plan
      Cohen, D-Tenn. —

    Amendment that would require the Army secretary to develop a Mississippi River management plan.

    Withdrawn.

    Sept. 19, 2013 — Committee Vote: Water Resources Development — Vote to Report

    Authorize final feasibility studies for 23 specified navigation, flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage risk reduction, and environmental restoration projects. It also would deauthorize portions of more than a dozen projects.

    The bill would require the Army secretary to annually report to Congress with a list of project proposals. The Army secretary would need to call for proposals from non-federal interests through the Federal Register.

    The measure would set up a process for the corps to deauthorize additional projects: The Army secretary would have to submit to Congress a list of projects authorized for construction before November 8, 2007, in which construction either never began or which have not received construction money in the past five years. The estimated cost for completing all such projects, when combined, would need to be at least $12 billion. The bill would automatically deauthorize these projects 180 days after the report is submitted, unless the partnering state or local government has paid for the total cost of the project.

    Water resources development projects that the bill authorizes for construction would be automatically deauthorized if they do not receive construction money within seven years.

    Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

    The bill would establish goals for increasing the amount of collected harbor maintenance taxes appropriated each year, reaching at least 80 percent in 2020. In years when these target spending levels are met, the Army secretary could use up to 5 percent of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund money available for operations and maintenance for certain expanded types of dredging.

    It also would direct the Army secretary to base operation and maintenance spending from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund as much as possible on an "equitable allocation of funds" among harbors, regardless of size or amount of goods that move through.

    It would require that in fiscal 2015 and 2016, at least 10 percent of expenditures from the trust fund be directed to harbors in which less than 1,000 tons of goods move through each year.

    Inland Waterways Trust Fund

    The bill would set at 25 percent the portion of the Olmsted Project’s construction costs that are paid from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. It also would establish a sense of Congress that the Olmsted Project should be given at least $150 million annually until construction for the project is finished. The Olmsted Project is a lock and dam project on the Ohio River that has seen delays and cost overruns and takes up much of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund money.

    It would require the Army secretary to submit annual financial plans to Congress for any inland waterways project estimated to cost $500 million or more.

    It would direct the Army secretary, in coordination with the Inland Waterways Users Board, to submit a 20-year capital investment plan for inland and intracoastal waterways.

    It also would direct the Army secretary to conduct a study and report to Congress on other user fees and revenue that could generate additional money for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund.

    It would require the Army secretary to work with the Treasury secretary to conduct a study examining the feasibility of issuing tax-exempt bonds secured against available money in the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. A report on the study would need to be submitted to Congress.

    Project Expediting Provisions

    The bill would require that, as much as practicable, feasibility studies be completed within three years and not cost the federal government more than $3 million.

    Reviews within the corps at the district, division and headquarters levels would need to be conducted concurrently.

    Projects that do not meet these requirements would have a grace period of one additional year to complete the feasibility study before the project would be automatically deauthorized.

    The bill would eliminate requirements for reconnaissance studies to be conducted for prospective corps water projects and would fold preliminary analysis of federal interest and project costs, benefits and environmental impacts into the feasibility reports.

    The bill would designate the Corps of Engineers as the lead federal agency in the environmental review process for water projects, tasked with facilitating the speedy completion of environmental reviews and making sure that reviews required under National Environmental Policy Act are completed in accordance with law.

    As the lead federal agency, the Corps also would be tasked with putting together — with consultation from the other agencies involved — a schedule for completing the environmental review process.

    The bill would set a 60-day public comment period for draft environmental impact statements and a 30-day period for other documents in the environmental review process. The deadline could be extended for good cause, or there could be a different deadline if all agencies involved agree.

    Agencies involved in a project would have to submit required decisions within 30 days of an environmental document being available or within 90 days of the federal lead agency approving a record of decision or a finding of no significant impact, depending on their role in the process.

    The bill would establish a process for resolving issues that could delay the environmental review process or result in not getting approval for the project study. If an agency involved brings up the issue to the Army secretary, then the Army secretary would be required to hold an issue resolution meeting within 21 days. If the issue cannot be resolved within 30 days of the meeting, then the matter would be elevated to the heads of the agencies.

    It would require that claims for judicial review of permits or other approvals related to a project study be filed within 150 days of the approval being published in the Federal Register.

    It also would require that the Army secretary — if after conducting a review of categorical exclusions finds that there are new types of activities that should be exempt from required environmental impact statements or environmental assessments — to start the rulemaking process to do so.

    State and Local Participation

    The bill would let non-federal sponsors to be a "joint lead agency" for preparing environmental review documents under the National Environmental Policy Act and help with preparing these documents under the Army secretary’s supervision.

    It also would permanently allow the corps to receive money from non-federal entities to speed up permit evaluations.

    It would let the corps accept money from non-federal entities to operate and manage inland waterways facilities.

    As amended, it would let non-federal interests contribute additional money to carry out authorized projects that have exceeded their cost.

    It also would establish a pilot program for letting non-federal interests design and construct certain authorized water projects. The bill states that the purpose of the pilot program is to find cost-saving ways to reduce the backlog of corps water projects and evaluate the benefits of letting non-federal interests design or construct these projects.

    Other provisions

    As amended, the bill would make combating invasive aquatic species an eligible corps activity.

    As amended, the measure would bar the Army secretary from banning floating cabins in waters under the corps' jurisdiction if they are in compliance with regulations for recreational vessels and recreational vessels in the waters have been authorized.

    Also as amended, it would establish a sense of Congress that the Army secretary should help develop interstate water agreements if governors request it, that Congress should promptly consider these agreements and that the Army secretary should adopt policies for operating Corps reservoirs that are consistent with these agreements.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • Sept. 11, 2013 — Bill Shuster, R-Pa., Submits a constitutional authority statement on the legislation. Congressional Record p. H5512

  • Sept. 11, 2013 — Original cosponsor(s): 3

    Bishop, T. (D-N.Y.)Gibbs, B. (R-Ohio)Rahall (D-W.Va.)
  • Sept. 11, 2013 — Read twice and referred to: House Budget, House Natural Resources, House Transportation and Infrastructure, House Ways and Means.Congressional Record p. H5512

  • March 18, 2013 — Companion measure, S 601, introduced by Boxer, D-Calif.

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