Water Resources Development Act advances with Babin amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced key priorities offered by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) during today’s consideration and passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA). WRDA 2018 provides improvements to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.


Also included in this bill is authorization for billions in funding for the Sabine-to-Galveston Coastal Storm Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration project, a critical first step in the process to construct the Coastal Spine and finally make the Texas coast as safe as possible from another hurricane. Additionally, it offers key reforms to the “408” permitting process, streamlining the procedures while maintaining certain environmental and safety guidelines where necessary. Two bipartisan amendments coauthored by Babin were also incorporated during today’s committee consideration of the bill, authorizing two critical studies.




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