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U.S. Senate votes to pass Water Resources Reform and Development Act

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On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 91-7 in favor of a $12.3 billion bill to improve infrastructure projects and aims to boost U.S. ports and waterways.

With such a large margin, the vote was extremely bipartisan. Many in both parties saw this bill as a way to create jobs to strengthen the economy.

Some of the projects the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will help fund include projects to deepen ports in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA, and Boston.

According to Daniel Malloy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the passage of the bill could have a major effect on the July Georgia Senate runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue.

Kingston has been fighting for the port deepening project for 15 years, while Perdue, who has served on the Georgia Ports Authority board, has not. The passage of this bill and the potential jobs created by it is a major feather in Kingston's cap.

The bill will be sent to President Barack Obama's desk, where it is expected to be signed soon.

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