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house Bill H.R. 3080

Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation Free of Earmarks

Argument in favor

Bipartisan bill that is earmark-free. And that’s a rare thing to write, these days.

Argument opposed

That it took Congress seven years to pay their water bill.

What is House Bill H.R. 3080?

This Act is water infrastructure legislation that deals with ports, levees, and environmental protections, among other water infrastructure issues. New water infrastructure legislation has not been passed since 2007, and the House and Senate, in this bill, have agreed to legislation that is earmark-free. The original Senate version of the bill is here; it’s since been amended, and now the House and Senate have matching legislation. Notably, the bill de-authorizes $18 billion worth of projects that were greenlighted in the 2007 bill but never implemented.

The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure offers a print overview and a ~2 ½ minute video explaining the bill here. The video is narrated by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). (No mention of whether or not he is also illustrating.) 


If enacted, the bill would provide funding for a range of water infrastructure projects while at the same time removing old water infrastructure projects from the docket. This legislation would also shift project selection oversight away from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and to Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3080

$8.20 Billion
The CBO "estimates that implementing [the Act] would cost about $3.5 billion over [the] 2014-2018 period. Spending would continue for authorized projects after 2018, and CBO estimates that such spending would total $4.7 billion over the 2019-2023 period."

More Information

-According to The Hill,


Transportation advocates have long sought a new round of investments in ports and waterways, arguing that additional funding is necessary to prepare the nation’s cargo facilities for larger ships that will pass through the Panama Canal, which is currently being deepened. 


Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014

Official Title

To provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • EnactedJune 10th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed May 22nd, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 91 Yea / 7 Nay
  • The house Passed May 20th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 412 Yea / 4 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedSeptember 11th, 2013

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