Congressional Report

Congressional Report

Congressional Report: July 2020

  • In congressional testimony, AMWA defends science-based contaminant regulatory process
  • Congress scrambles to reach new COVID-19 deal
  • House approves EPA spending bill with level annual funding, new infusion of emergency cash
  • AMWA pursues fix to WIFIA funding rescission
  • House approves massive infrastructure bill with DWSRF, lead service line replacement funds
  • Water infrastructure funding, community resilience featured in House climate outline
  • Lawmakers avoid major PFAS debate in annual defense bill
  • Advance funding legislation offered in Senate
  • Water resource bill moves through House.

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Congressional Report: June 2020

  • Infrastructure bill, WRDA reauthorization on House's summer agenda
  • House Democrats unveil infrastructure proposal with DWSRF reauthorization
  • AMWA joins request for public utility COVID-19 aid
  • Senator plans bill to reinstate advance refunding bonds
  • AMWA urges support for water utility partnership legislation

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Congressional Report: May 2020

  • Congress adjusts to COVID-influenced schedule
  • Senators broaden access to drinking water resilience funds
  • Senate panel adds PFAS regulation to water infrastructure bill
  • Latest COVID-19 relief legislation pushes for utility shutoff ban
  • House members offer bill to extend payroll tax credits to water systems
  • AMWA joins chorus tellling Congress that "Cities are Essential"

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Congressional Report: April 2020

  • Senate plans May 4 return to Washington as House stays away
  • No decisions yet on role for infrastructure spending, water system aid in future stimulus bill
  • WIFIA reauthorization, lead, and PFAS grants included in draft WRDA package
  • AMWA urges Congress to offer resilience aid to all water systems
  • AMWA suggests parameters for federal water shutoff moratorium
  • House members request payroll tax fix benefitting public water systems

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Congressional Report: March 2020

  • Coronavirus debate envelops Capitol Hill
  • "Phase 3" coronavirus legislation carries aid for states and large localities, but no direct water system assistance
  • COVID-19 response law expands paid leave for public employees
  • Lawmaker proposes taxing bottled water companies for trust fund
  • Bipartisan bill would enhance federal focus on water research
  • Senate bill would offer federal funds to help private well owners address PFAS
  • Three water resources bills get House committee okay
  • Water systems remain out-of-mind as Congress extends CFATS once again

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Congressional Report: February 2020

  • Trump budget proposal targets EPA, water infrastructure funding
  • Lead and Copper Rule revisions draw congressional scrutiny
  • AMWA spotlights tax-exempt bonds in hearing statement
  • House Democrats include grab bag of drinking water provisions in climate legislation
  • Democrats' infrastructure framework incorporates familiar drinking water programs
  • GAO report boosts case for federal aid to benefit water system climate resilience
  • Sanders PFAS bill retreads some old ground

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Congressional Report: January 2020

  • House approves bill to boost PFAS regulations
  • Democrats making plans for SDWA reform legislation
  • Senate approves new grant program targeting microplastics in water supplies
  • House Democrats outline vision for climate legislation
  • Legislation proposes to redirect DWSRF dollars to public facilities

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Congressional Report: December 2019

  • Water policy will be on Congress' agenda in 2020
  • Final defense bill includes limited PFAS provisions
  • Congress finalizes FY20 appropriations with $9 billion for EPA
  • AMWA-inspired resilience program receives first appropriation

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Congressional Report: November 2019

  • PFAS legislation shows cracks in support for SDWA regulatory process
  • CERCLA remains sticking point in PFAS negotiations
  • Lawmakers extend FY19 funding once again
  • House bill would permanently extend DWSRF’s Buy American requirement
  • House committee advances CWSRF reauthorization, resilience program expansion
  • Municipal NPDES permit terms would lengthen under House bill

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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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