Today, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held its first hearing of the 115th Congress. The Subcommittee examined the role of federal government agencies in building water infrastructure projects.

Last year, Congress passed the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. A key component of the WIIN Act was the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake port, waterway, and flood protection improvements. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure now is looking towards developing a WRDA bill for 2018.

The hearing examined how the federal government, in conjunction with its partners in state and local government, can work to reduce inefficiencies and delays in project delivery, include affordability considerations in the rulemaking process, better use data and technology, and maximize benefits from existing resources.

Investment in our nation’s water infrastructure will positively impact the competitiveness of 21st century steelmakers. In order to maximize the domestic economic impact of this investment, it is critical that projects use steel products that are melted and poured in the United States.

Video of the Subcommittee’s hearing can be found here.