CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 6184 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) on September 22, 2010.
H.R. 6184 would amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to provide the Secretary of the Army (the Army Corp of Engineers) with the authority to accept and expend funds contributed by non-federal public entities to expedite the evaluation of permits related to projects for public purpose under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army. The bill would extend this authority for an additional 6 years until December 31, 2016.
The bill mandates that any funds received in accordance with this legislation are done so without impacting the decision-making in regard to the issuance of permits, either substantively or procedurally. The bill would require the Army Corp of Engineers to utilize the same protocol to be to be utilized for the evaluation of permits for similar projects not expedited.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the legislation would affect direct spending, and therefore pay-as-you-go procedures would apply. However, based on information from the Corps, CBO estimates that amounts collected and spent for such purposes would total less than $500,000 annually and that the net budgetary impact would be negligible.