DALLAS – An $8.2 billion water infrastructure bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with almost unanimous support Wednesday in the first major legislation considered in Congress after the recent 16-day federal government shutdown.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 was adopted on a 417-3 vote in a flurry of good will by members of both parties. The measure, HR 3080, will now be reconciled in conference committee with the Senate version, S 601, which was approved in May on a similar lopsided vote, 83-14.

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