Congressional Update At-A-Glance

This page will inventory major water-related bills are introduced during the 115th Congress.  Complete information on all legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill is available at www.congress.gov.

Updated: 
January 25, 2017
Water Resources Management
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 23, the Guiding Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act
Summary: 
Designates the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for coordinating all environmental reviews, permits and other federal approvals required before construction may begin on a surface water storage project subject to the Reclamation Act.
Sponsor: 
Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
13 (12 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
Status: 
Introduced 1/3/17; referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Water Infrastructure Funding
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 434, the The New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act (New WATER Act)
Summary: 
Authorizes a pilot project to help finance development of water resources infrastructure in Reclamation states.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
5 (3 Republicans, 2 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 1/11/17; referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Bill Title/Number: 
S. 181, To ensure that certain Federal public works and infrastructure projects use materials produced in the United States.
Summary: 
Requires all federally-funded infrasructure projects to comply with "Buy American" iron and steel procurement rules.
Sponsor: 
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Cosponsors: 
0
Status: 
Introduced 1/20/17; referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Safe Drinking Water Act Reform
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 417, To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the improvement of consumer confidence reports.
Summary: 
Directs EPA to promulgate regulations within 24 months to increase the effectiveness and understandability of consumer confidence reports.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)
Cosponsors: 
0
Status: 
Introduced 1/10/17; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Federal Tax Policy
Bill Title/Number: 
H.R. 448, the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act.
Summary: 
Exempts from federal income tax the value of water efficiency rebates offered to customers by utilities.
Sponsor: 
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)
Cosponsors: 
7 (3 Republicans, 4 Democrats)
Status: 
Introduced 1/11/17; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.