Congressional Report

Congressional Report

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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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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