PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two water infrastructure bills that Congress failed to enact this year are certain to be high on the agenda of the new Republicanled Congress, a GOP congressional aide said here Monday.

Although it is not clear exactly where the two measures will fit on the Republicans' priority list, it is certain that the legislation to reauthorize the two environmental programs that aid states and localities "will take an elevated position" next year, said Benjamin Grumbles, minority counsel to the House Public Works and Transportation Committee' s water resources and environment subcommittee.

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