WASHINGTON — Those occasionally infamous multimillion-dollar water projects that have been derided by good-government types as pork-barrel spending are making a comeback. The reason: Apparently, this is one of the few areas where members of both parties in Congress see eye to eye.
Republicans and Democrats who found little common ground in 2013 are rallying around a bill they hope to pass early next year authorizing up to $12.5 billion during the next decade for flood diversion in North Dakota, widening a Texas-Louisiana waterway, deepening Georgia’s rapidly growing Port of Savannah, and other projects.
That’s the Senate bill’s total. The House version would cost about $8.2 billion. Negotiators are confident they can merge the two and pass the package for President Obama’s signature early in 2014. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.