(AREA) -- The House of Representatives' strong, bipartisan vote of 417 to 3 in passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 was praised by Congresswoman Candice Miller this week. Included in the legislation was Congresswoman Miller's provision designating all ports and harbors on the Great Lakes as a single, comprehensive navigation system for budgeting purposes, essentially allowing the Great Lakes ports and harbors to create a unified front when it comes to federal funding.
The Water Resources Reform and Development act authorizes key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support our nation's waterways. Additionally, the bill allows Congress to update our nation's infrastructure policies to meet the demands of our maritime economy.
Congresswoman Miller says the Great Lakes Navigation System is important because for far too long, all the individually authorized commercial and recreational navigation projects in the Great Lakes have been pitted against one another to obtain needed funding. By designating the Great Lakes Navigation System, the Corps of Engineers will be required to look at the Great Lakes system in its entirety, rather than port by port, when allocating funding for dredging or maintenance.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will now move to conference with the U.S. Senate.