Senate Appoints Conferees for Water-Bill Conference Committee

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) speaks during a hearing on sexual assaults in the miitary March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The hearing on sexual assault was before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Personnel Subcommittee chaired by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). 
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Clare Foran
Nov. 6, 2013, 2:40 a.m.

Sen­ate En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee Chair­wo­man Sen. Bar­bara Box­er, D-Cal­if., and rank­ing mem­ber Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter, R-La., have re­leased the names of the sen­at­ors who will serve on the wa­ter-re­sources bill con­fer­ence com­mit­tee.

The ma­jor­ity of the Sen­ate con­fer­ees are Demo­crats, with Box­er named to the pan­el along with Demo­crat­ic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Thomas Carp­er of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Mary­land, and Shel­don White­house of Rhode Is­land. Vit­ter will also serve as a con­fer­ee along with Re­pub­lic­an Sens. John Bar­rasso of Wyom­ing and James In­hofe of Ok­lahoma.

“I am very pleased that we are tak­ing an­oth­er im­port­ant step for­ward to get­ting a job-cre­at­ing wa­ter-re­sources bill to the Pres­id­ent’s desk. We must in­vest in our na­tion’s flood con­trol pro­jects, nav­ig­a­tion routes and ports, and eco­sys­tems, and I look for­ward to work­ing with my House and Sen­ate col­leagues on a fi­nal con­fer­ence re­port with those goals in mind,” Box­er said in a press re­lease an­noun­cing the Sen­ate con­fer­ees.

The Sen­ate passed S. 601, the Wa­ter Re­sources and De­vel­op­ment Act, in May, while the House passed its ver­sion of the bill, H.R. 3080, the Wa­ter Re­sources and Re­form De­vel­op­ment Act, in Oc­to­ber. The House has not yet moved to ap­point con­fer­ees to the con­fer­ence com­mit­tee, which will work out the dif­fer­ences between the two bills.

Read Na­tion­al Journ­al’s pre­vi­ous cov­er­age of the bill to see what is­sues are likely to come up in con­fer­ence.

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