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Despite resistance from Tea Party members and pressure from conservative groups such as Hertiage Action and FreedomWorks, the House recently passed an $8.2 billion list of water projects with a 417-3 vote. The measure, known as the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, would be the first one like it to become law since a similar measure was passed by a two-thirds override after a veto by President George W. Bush.

The current bill gives the green light to a suite of dam, port dredging, flood protection and environmental restoration projects. Many supporters thank House Transportation Chairman Bill Schuster (R-Pa.) and his team for helping this bill by emphasizing that it will create jobs back home.

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