Bruce Westerman

These days, we could all use some good news coming out of Washington, D.C. I'm excited to report that on July 15, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis. The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote later this month.

Why is this bill important? Because every American - no matter where you live - benefits from navigable waterways and other water infrastructure. Many of the goods we use on a daily basis are shipped via waterway, and if we don't regularly maintain dams, levees and other water resources, we risk flooding or a complete shutdown of water transportation.

As the lead Republican on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, I've spent the last year and a half traveling around the country and across Arkansas to hear from local leaders about what Congress needs to do to improve our water infrastructure. Many of the WRDA provisions stemmed directly from these conversations.

Some of the main wins for Arkansas include an identification of deficiencies in the National Levee Database (which will go a long way in preventing flooding like in 2019 from happening again) and funding for longstanding projects on the Arkansas, Ouachita and Sulphur Rivers. I look forward to seeing the bill signed into law!

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