"Tea Party Republicans, Obama Back Waterway Projects Bill"

"The U.S. House voted to authorize commercial navigation, flood control and environmental restoration projects, work that could cost taxpayers as much as $8.2 billion over the next decade."

"The measure, if enacted, would be the first authorizing dredging, levee construction and port projects since 2007. The House approved it last night by 417-3. Next, lawmakers must resolve differences between it and the Senate’s legislation.

'Passage of the House bill is a critical step to getting this job-creating legislation to the president’s desk,' Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who heads the committee that wrote the Senate legislation, said in a statement. She said she wants to start negotiating a final version as soon as possible."

Derek Wallbank reports for Bloomberg News October 24, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"House Rejects Dem Attempt To Protect Environmental Review of Water Projects" (The Hill)

"Bill Shuster Wants To Pass a Water Bill Every Two Years" (Politico)

"House Passes $8.2 Billion Water Projects Bill" (AP)

"Harbor Dredging Advances in Federal Water Bill" (Baltimore Sun)

Source: Bloomberg, 10/24/2013