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The Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act

The Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve the nation’s water infrastructure – including locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers – through public-private partnerships that would expedite projects and save taxpayers money.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve the nation’s water infrastructure – including locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers – through public-private partnerships that would expedite projects and save taxpayers money.

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To establish a pilot program to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of allowingnon-Federal interests to carry out certain water infrastructure projects,and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mrs. B
USTOS
introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on
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A BILL
 
To establish a pilot program to evaluate the cost-effectivenessof allowing non-Federal interests to carry out certain water infrastructure projects, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Water Infrastructure
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Now Public-Private Partnership Act’’ or the ‘‘WIN P3
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 Act’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
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Congress finds that—
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2(1) investment in water infrastructure is critical
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to protecting property and personal safety through
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flood, hurricane, and storm damage reduction activi-
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ties;
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(2) investment in infrastructure on the inland
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 waterways of the United States is critical to the
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economy of the United States through the mainte-
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nance of safe, reliable, and efficient navigation for
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recreation and the movement of billions of dollars in
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goods each year;
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(3) fiscal challenges facing Federal, State, local,
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and tribal governments require new and innovative
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financing structures to continue robust investment
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in public water infrastructure;
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(4) under existing fiscal restraints and project
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delivery processes, large-scale water infrastructure
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projects like the lock and dam modernization on the
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 upper Mississippi River and Illinois River will take
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decades to complete, with benefits for the lock mod-
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ernization not expected to be realized until 2047;
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(5) the Corps of Engineers has an estimated
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 backlog of more than $60,000,000,000 in out-
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standing projects; and
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3(6) in developing innovative financing options
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for water infrastructure projects, any prior public in-
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 vestment in projects must be protected.
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SEC. 3. WATER INFRASTRUCTURE NOW PILOT PROGRAM.
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(a) I
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G
ENERAL
.—The Secretary of the Army, acting
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through the Chief of Engineers, shall establish a pilot pro-
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gram to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and project delivery 
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efficiency of allowing non-Federal interests to carry out
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authorized flood damage reduction, hurricane and storm
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damage reduction, and navigation projects.
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(b) P
URPOSES
.—The purposes of the pilot program
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are—
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(1) to identify project delivery and cost-saving
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alternatives that reduce the backlog of authorized
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Corps of Engineers projects;
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(2) to evaluate the technical, financial, and or-
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ganizational efficiencies of a non-Federal interest
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carrying out the design, execution, management, and
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construction of 1 or more projects; and
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(3) to evaluate alternatives for the decentraliza-
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tion of the project planning, management, and oper-
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ational decision-making processes of the Corps of 
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Engineers.
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(c) A 
DMINISTRATION
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