Congressional Report

Congressional Report

Congressional Report: October 2019

  • PFAS debate remains in holding pattern on Capitol Hill
  • Senate appropriators generous to EPA, water infrastructure programs
  • Drinking water resilience program would expand under Senate proposal
  • Senate bill would encourage water system partnerships
  • House and Senate attempt to jumpstart affordability debate
  • SRF transfer bill becomes law

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Congressional Report: September 2019

  • Congress prepares to extend appropriations levels into November
  • Bicameral PFAS negotiations proceed slowly
  • Lawmakers not eager to disrupt water sector CFATS exemption
  • House panel proposes new SRF for hazard mitigation projects
  • Senate approves SRF transfer bill
  • Water Justice Act offers billions for infrastructure, expedited PFAS regulations
  • Lawmaker proposes $100 billion program to combat lead

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Congressional Report: August 2019

  • AMWA prioritizes liability protections, consistent regulatory process in PFAS legislation
  • AMWA seeks examples of water system CERCLA liability
  • Spending bills on the agenda when Congress returns
  • Work to begin soon on next iteration of WRDA

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Congressional Report: July 2019

  • Congress closes up shop until September
  • House and Senate offer dueling PFAS plans
  • Budget deal charts path to finalize FY20 appropriations
  • House Democrats aim high with FY20 funding plan
  • House bill would set new lead action level
  • "Water Justice Act" proposes billions for water infrastructure
  • Two energy-water nexus bills advance in House

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Congressional Report: June 2019

  • Senate panel acts to put PFAS on regulatory fast-track
  • Congress approves disaster relief bill with drinking water resilience funds
  • House advances spending bills for EPA, U.S. Army Corps
  • AMWA urges protection of weather forecasting tools
  • House and Senate panels take differing approaches to CFATS reauthorization
  • Western water bill would authorize millions for reuse and storage projects
  • Lawmakers propose $5 billion water infrastructure grant program

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Congressional Report: May 2019

  • House and Senate bills propose aggressive timeline for PFAS regulation
  • AMWA urges Congress to follow SDWA when considering PFAS response
  • Lawmakers offer numerous PFAS bills as oversight heats up
  • Senate bill would boost research on PFAS, other emerging contaminants
  • Water programs in line for major boost in EPA spending bill
  • Billions for drinking water included in House panel's infrastructure plan
  • House panel greenlights energy-water nexus bill

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Congressional Report: April 2019

  • AMWA calls on lawmakers to preserve water infrastructure funding
  • Wheeler touts infrastructure programs in Hill testimony
  • Wheeler doesn't commit to timeline for lead pipe replacement program
  • Congress approves Colorado River managment plan

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Congressional Report: March 2019

  • Trump budget plan would slash EPA, water infrastructure funding
  • Leading Democrat’s climate principles include resilience, greenhouse gas reductions
  • House fills out roster of climate change committee
  • Lawmakers eye Clean Water SRF reauthorization
  • House Democrats float water trust fund bill
  • Water sector CFATS exemption appears safe as lawmakers begin reauthorization talks

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Congressional Report: February 2019

  • FY19 appropriations deal delivers slight increase for water infrastructure programs
  • House bill would charge utilities with conducting school lead testing
  • Congressional committees delve into climate change debate
  • Democrats debut lofty "Green New Deal" goals
  • Senate water subcommittee takes shape
  • House bill would expand funding for Western water recycling projects

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Congressional Report: January 2019

  • EPA still awaits FY19 funding levels as shutdown ends
  • AMWA tells Congress to include water in any broad infrastructure plan
  • AMWA priorities get positive attention at Wheeler confirmation hearing
  • Democrats and Republicans announce leaders of water subcommittees
  • New House committee primed to probe “climate crisis”
  • PFAS legislation, task force draw attention on Capitol Hill

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