McMorris Rodgers’s Sixth Bill this Congress Becomes Law
Washington, D.C.– Today, President Trump signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 into law. This water infrastructure legislation will benefit the nation’s dams, ports, and waterways. It includes several provisions championed by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, including her sixth bipartisan bill to be signed into law this Congress.
“President Trump just signed another part of our bipartisan infrastructure agenda into law. This one rebuilds our nation’s dams, ports, and waterways,” said McMorris Rodgers. “I’m proud to lead on provisions in this bill to bring jobs and economic development to Whitman County, and to bolster clean, renewable, and reliable hydropower energy in the Pacific Northwest.”
Note: This bill includes a provision from the Chair’s Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043), which passed the House with bipartisan support in November 2017. The provision promotes early action, infrastructure, and improvements at non-federal dams. This promotes necessary additions to dams like fish friendly turbines and critical maintenance. Right now, these improvements must be made within a small window of time to count towards a dams’ new license. With this language included, these improvements can be made outside of that window and count towards the next license.
Also included in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 is the Congresswoman’s bill, the Port of Whitman Economic Expansion Act. This bill would authorize a land transfer between the Port of Whitman and the Army Corps of Engineers. This will mark the Congresswoman’s sixth bill signed into law this year.