NWC – News Alert April 16, 2020 – Draft Senate WRDA Bill to be Released Next Week

April 16, 2020

Senate EPW committee to open process to vet draft WRDA package


On Wednesday, April 22, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee is scheduled to undertake an “information-gathering process” on draft legislation for American’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. This bill is intended to be the vehicle that moves the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2020.

The informational gathering process is two-fold. Essentially, the first part is a paper hearing for EPW committee members. The Committee is accepting written statements from five stakeholders on April 22, which will be shared electronically with EPW members and posted on the EPW website. By April 24, EPW member questions will be shared with the five stakeholders, with written responses due back to the Committee by May 1.

Concurrently, or just before April 22, EPW will post two draft bills to its website, including WRDA 2020 and another bill, The Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, which may move in conjunction with WRDA 2020. The Committee requests that all stakeholder comments on the draft bills be submitted by 4pm ET on Friday, May 1. Details on how to comment, as well as the process, can be found here.

When the bills are posted, we will let our members know.