House, Senate unveil water project bill compromise

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bill that authorizes billions of dollars for water projects over the next decade, from flood protections in California to port deepening in Georgia's rapidly growing Port of Savannah.

Lawmakers released details Thursday of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, a week after they announced they had reached an agreement on blending House and Senate versions of the bill.

The compromise legislation authorizes 34 projects in virtually every region of the country. The legislation also tries to address complaints that past water project bills were loaded with favors to lawmakers. The compromise legislation eliminates $18 billion of dormant projects authorized prior to 2007.

The House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill next week.

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