Almost 50% of the 257 locks on U.S. waterways are functionally obsolete. On Tuesday, the Senate started to discuss the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, which is intended to bolster the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and streamline the permitting process. If the bill passes, it could create up to 500,000 jobs, according to Sen. David Vitter, R-La. The Obama administration opposes the bill, and the White House Office of Management and Budget said the provisions in it will "not adequately protect communities, taxpayers, or the environment" and may actually slow the permitting process.

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