WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are uniting against some of the same conservative groups that backed the government shutdown. They're pushing an $8.2 billion bill in the House that maps out dams, harbor, river navigation and other water projects for the coming decade.
Members of both parties praised the measure as a way to strengthen the nation's infrastructure, produce jobs and bolster the economy. The bill is coming up for a vote one week after a bitterly divided Congress ended a 16-day government shutdown and averted a first-ever default on the federal debt.
House passage seemed assured. Many conservative Republicans who supported the government shutdown were also supporting the water projects bill in defiance of tea party- sympathizing groups like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America.
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