Republican leaders in the U.S. House said they will vote next week on authorizing the ongoing work to deepen the Charleston Harbor.
According to the Post and Courier, passage of the bill in the House still does not seal the deal. The Charleston harbor dredging authorization is included in the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA,
The House and Senate have different versions of the bill and must negotiate a final compromise in November and December, when Congress returns from a recess.
There are concerns about whether a provision to provide money for the Flint, Michigan water crisis could kill it in the House. The Senate version contains money for Flint. The House version does not.
On Thursday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said members of her party would oppose the House WRDA bill next week. She said Democrats wanted a guarantee that money for Flint would be included, plus she and fellow Democrats were angry that Republicans had gone back on their promise to maintain the Harbor Trust Fund in the bill.
The fund would assist with water projects around South Carolina and across the nation, but would not have any impact on the Charleston Harbor deepening project.