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- Passing Congress easily, Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDDA) then signed into law.
- Agriculture groups applaud legislation.
- Crumbling waterways infrastructure now set for upgrade.
Is it your understanding that 500,000 jobs could be positively impacted by WRDDA?
“We understand that there are 500,000 jobs in the inland sector alone. In terms of the construction jobs, I’m unsure of the number. The Corps of Engineers subcontracts much of the work to build and maintain locks. These are good, nice-paying jobs so it really will help the economy.
“Now that WRDDA has passed, the money really needs to follow through the appropriations process. We just saw the House numbers come out of the subcommittee that funds the Corps civil works mission -- the highest we’ve seen.
“The Senate is expected to mark-up (the week of June 16) and we expect those numbers to be high as well. Everything appears to be coming together as it should.”