The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that would authorize billions of dollars in spending for waterway and safe water projects, and sent it to President Trump for his signature.
The bill passed easily in a 99-1 vote, and would authorize $6.1 billion for Army Corps of Engineers waterway projects, and another $4.4 billion for the EPA's safe drinking water programs. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was the only "no" vote on the bill.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the environment committee, said before the vote that it's time to send it to the president’s desk. He said the bill has been endorsed by a broad cross-section of interests, from the oil industry to environmental stalwarts at the Sierra Club.
Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, said the bill is good for the environment and has been endorsed by many environmental groups.
One aim of the bill is to expand the U.S. economy by improving waterways.