Negotiators from the House and Senate are getting down to work on legislation that would provide about $8.2 billion in funding for port and waterway projects.

Facing pressure from the White House, lawmakers involved in the conference committee say they are optimistic about the chances for reaching a deal that both sides can live with.

“I am confident that the same cooperative spirit that was used to advance the Water Resources bill in the House last month will be employed to get this pro-jobs measure across the finish line,” Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.), who is the top ranking Democrat on the House’s transportation panel, said in a statement after he was named to the bicameral conference.

Rahall was one of 11 Democrats and 13 Republicans tapped by the House this week to negotiate with the Senate on a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

The Senate had previously announced that it would send five Democrats and three Republicans to the negotiating sessions with the House.

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