H.R. 3080 and S. 601: Side-by-Side Comparison of Selected Provisions [January 15, 2014] [open pdf - 448KB]
"This report provides a side-by-side analysis of selected provisions of House-passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRDDA 2013), and Senate-passed S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA 2013). Both bills represent omnibus legislation for Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) water resources activities. On October 31, 2013, the Senate took up H.R. 3080, and replaced the text passed by the House with the text of S. 601 as passed by the Senate. The Senate insisted on its amendment and requested a conference. While the House and Senate versions of H.R. 3080 are the basis for conference, this report compares H.R. 3080 as passed by the House and S. 601 as passed by the Senate, which is identical to the Senate version of H.R. 3080. […] During the bills' consideration, Members expressed frustration with how long Corps projects take. Many Members have also expressed interest in authorizing new projects and deauthorizing older unconstructed projects. Some Members want more prominent nonfederal roles. Others support more funding for harbor maintenance and improved inland waterway construction. H.R. 3080 and S. 601 would address these issues, but often using different means. The earmark debate and concerns about congressional roles also shaped each bill's approach. The Administration provided comments during congressional deliberations; the most recent was a December 2013 letter from the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works (ASA), to the conferees."
CRS Report for Congress, R43298