WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act:
“Every community depends on water infrastructure. America’s water infrastructure not only facilitates commerce within our borders, but it connects U.S. producers and consumers with the international marketplace. With this bill, the ports, dams, and waterways that keep America running will receive the improvements they need.
“Through the Water Resources Development Act, we are authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies to undertake projects to upgrade water infrastructure. This legislation backs local decision-making with federal resources to ensure communities are best served. And it removes hurdles to project completion to cut down on delays and promote efficiency. This is yet another piece of the House’s agenda to make sure our nation’s infrastructure streamlines transportation, supports our dynamic workforce, and promotes our competitiveness worldwide. I commend Chairman Shuster and the members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Chairman Walden and the members of the Energy and Commerce Committee for their work on this bipartisan measure.”