Construction and labor groups generally support the bills. Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), praised House lawmakers for showing true bipartisanship in passing the bill, which he said, “Will help strengthen our nation’s competitiveness across a wide sector of the economy by improving maritime transportation options, creating needed jobs in the construction sector and protecting families living in communities at risk of floods.”

Industry groups such as the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Council of Engineering Companies have also praised House and Senate lawmakers for their bipartisanship and have urged conferees to move quickly in reconciling the differences between the two bills.