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S. 653 (114th): Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2015

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About the bill

S. 653 would:

  • Add a requirement for additional research into new water treatments into the Water Resources Research Act
  • Require an evaluation of water resource research projects every three years and withdraws funds from projects that do not qualify based on the evaluation.
  • Authorize $13.5 million per year through 2020.

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Sponsor and status

Benjamin Cardin

Sponsor. Senator for Maryland. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015
Length: 5 pages
Mar 4, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on June 9, 2015 but was never passed by the House.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Cardin Legislation to Fix Americas Water Infrastructure Problems Forms Base of Water Resources Development Act Approved by EPW Committee
    — Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] (Sponsor) on Apr 28, 2016

Boozman, Cardin Hail Senate Passage of the Water Resources Research Amendments Act
    — Sen. John Boozman [R-AR] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 10, 2015

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Water Research and Train Scientists
    — Sen. John Boozman [R-AR] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 4, 2015

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Mar 4, 2015

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Apr 28, 2015
Considered by Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Apr 29, 2015
Ordered Reported

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Apr 30, 2015
Considered by Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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May 18, 2015
Reported by Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Jun 9, 2015
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

S. 653 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 653. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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