NWC News Alert – Washington Update

NWC News Alert – Washington Update

January 8, 2020

Good afternoon everyone and Happy New Year! Welcome to a new decade! Before we get too far into 2020, we have a couple of updates for you. As always, if you  have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.


House panel holds first WRDA-related hearing for 2020


On Thursday, January 9, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee  is holding a hearing on potential next steps for a 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)  authorization bill. Entitled “Proposals for a Water Recourse Development Act of 2020, the hearing will commence at 10:00am ET. The panel will feature two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers witnesses—R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General—to brief members on the agency’s 2019 Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development and discuss potential inclusions in a WRDA 2020 bill. More information about the hearing, including witness testimony, background information and a live webcast can be found here once available.


House WRDA 101 Session scheduled in late January


Just off the presses: We just confirmed with committee staff that NWC is hosting a WRDA 101 session on the House side on Friday, January 31, 2020 from noon-1:30pm. We are working with the committee to identify speakers and will have more information soon. If you will be in DC during this time, please consider joining us! Please RSVP to Carole ( no later than Jan. 27 if you plan to attend.


President’s budget to be released in February


It is expected that the President’s 2021 budget for federal agencies will be officially announced on Feb. 10. Unlike previous years which released budget highlights, the administration plans to distribute a comprehensive budget proposal. More information to come….


NWC Legislative Summit, March 9-11, 2020: REGISTER NOW


Plan to attend NWC’s 2020 Legislative Summit, March 9-11th in Washington, D.C., to hear from high-ranking Congressional and Executive branch officials and industry leaders about the policy and program expectations for the coming year. Invited speakers include the leadership of both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; from the Executive Branch, the Honorable R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.)  Chairman and Ranking  Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Representatives  Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Chairwoman and Ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee  respectively. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2020 NWC Legislative Summit will be held at The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel which is conveniently located on 15th Street near the White House. Again this year, we will be co-hosting our annual Congressional Reception with the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association. Tuesday March 10 from 5:30pm -7:00pm in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room SD-106. Don’t miss out! Register now! We look forward to seeing you in Washington.


SAVE THE DATE: NWC Annual Meeting, September 23-25, 2020


Our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held September 23-25, 2020 at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas. Look for registration in early July.