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Congressman Sires Hails Passage of Water Infrastructure Jobs Bill

May 20, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires proudly supported the Conference Report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which passed overwhelmingly (412 to 4) in the House of Representatives.  The Conference Report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes water infrastructure projects for the first time since 2007, invests in America’s transportation network, and includes key provisions that permanently codify Davis-Bacon prevailing wages and Buy America provisions for the construction of wastewater treatment infrastructure funded under the Clean Water State-Revolving-Fund (SRF) and Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

“This bipartisan legislation will not only create good-paying transportation jobs in New Jersey, but will also ensure that American steel is used to build water infrastructure projects partially or fully funded by the SRF and WIFIA programs,” Congressman Sires said. “The inclusion of these provisions ensures that Congress is making good-paying construction, manufacturing, and transportation jobs available to Americans at home.”

The Conference Report additionally authorizes 34 new lock, dam, levee, port, and ecosystem restoration projects, deauthorizes $18 billion worth of old, inactive projects that were authorized prior to WRDA 2007, establishes a new, transparent process for future bills to review and prioritize water resources development activities with strong Congressional oversight,and increases flexibility for non-federal interests and leverages private sector investments to multiply the effect of federal funding.  

“I am pleased Congress came together in a bipartisan fashion to invest in vital water infrastructure projects, and I look forward to working again with Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to successfully advance further transportation and jobs creation policies.”