“Wide-Ranging Water Infrastructure Bill Easily Passes”

“Legislation authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to boost the nation’s water infrastructure, protect waterways from emerging contaminants, and bolster coastal shorelines sailed through the House Wednesday.

On a voice vote, the House used a procedure reserved for mostly non-controversial legislation to pass the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (H.R. 7575), which lays out a two-year road map for projects that the Corps’ civil works program must tackle.

The bill passed under “suspension of the rules,” which allows the House to quickly move legislation. Under suspension, floor amendments are prohibited and a two-thirds vote is required for final passage.”

Amena H. Saiyid and Kellie Lunney report for Bloomberg Environment July 29, 2020.